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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu announces pledge to annex Jordan Valley in West Bank if he wins next week's general election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has introduced he will annex a part of the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected next week.

On Tuesday, throughout a speech broadcast stay on Israeli TV channels, Mr Netanyahu mentioned if he gained the election he would “apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea”.

Mr Netanyahu is preventing for his political life in a intently contested election which can happen next Tuesday. 

While reaffirming his pledge to annex all Jewish settlements all through the West Bank, he mentioned such a transfer wouldn’t be made earlier than publication of a long-awaited US peace plan and consultations with President Donald Trump.

There was no speedy remark from Washington.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, in an announcement issued shortly earlier than Netanyahu spoke, amid reviews of a potential annexation announcement, mentioned that the Israeli chief is “a prime destroyer of the peace process”.

The Jordan Valley, which Palestinians search for the jap perimeter of a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, stretches from the Dead Sea in the south to the Israeli metropolis of Beit Shean in the north.

Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 struggle.

The 2,400 sq. kilometre (926.65 sq. mile) valley accounts for almost 30 per cent of the territory in the West Bank.

Israel has lengthy mentioned it intends to keep army management there underneath any peace settlement with the Palestinians.

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