Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that he could annex the Jordan Valley and other parts of the occupied West Bank "in concert" with the United States – a move that threatens to shake the fragile status quo in the volatile region.
] "This is a historic opportunity to give sovereignty to the communities in Judea and Samaria," he told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
"I ask for a mandate to apply Jewish sovereignty to all communities, and I intend to do so." do so in agreement with the United States, "he said, adding that a few days after the elections, the US would present its much-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the Jordan Valley and the North Dead Sea, which will be the first step, if I am choose it, "he said.
His announcement was an obvious last-ditch attempt to attract right-wing voters before Israel takes part in the elections in an unprecedented manner. Repeat elections next week.
The country holds a second election on 1
Israel seized the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war with its Arab neighbors. Most of the international community sees Israeli settlements in the West Bank as contrary to international law and as an obstacle to a two-state solution to the conflict.
Almost 3 million Palestinians and more than 400,000 Israelis live in the West Bank today. According to Peace Now, an Israeli organization committed to a two-state solution. The Israelis live in approximately 132 government-built settlements and 113 outposts, which were established by the group without government approval.