Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's speech interrupted by rocket fire after vow to annex Jordan Valley in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed off stage throughout a rocket siren after vowing to annex a part of the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected.

The Prime Minister was on stage at an election rally in Israel’s southern metropolis of Ashdod on Tuesday when sirens sounded, warning of a rocket assault from Gaza. 

“Exit quietly,” Netanyahu advised the gang earlier than his safety element hustled him away, footage from the occasion confirmed. Channel 13 tv, which additionally broadcast the incident, stated he was taken to a sheltered space.

Mr Netanyahu was unharmed and he resumed his speech on stage a number of minutes later. 

There was no quick declare of duty for the assault. 

During the speech, which was broadcast reside on Israeli TV channels and social media, Mr Netanyahu stated if he received the election he would “apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea”.

While reaffirming his pledge to annex all Jewish settlements all through the West Bank, he stated 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 quick remark from Washington.

Mr Netanyahu is combating for his political life in a intently contested election which is able to happen subsequent Tuesday. 

Tuesday’s incident in Ashdod has added gasoline to accusations from his political opponents that he has not accomplished sufficient to cease frequent cross-border rocket strikes in opposition to southern Israel. 

Benny Gantz, a former Israeli armed forces chief and head of the centrist Blue and White celebration that’s Likud’s strongest challenger, seized on the rocket strike to assault his opponent.

“Big words are replaced with zero action,” Gantz stated in an announcement, pledging that if he turns into prime minister he will “not tolerate even one rocket”.

Rocket assaults from Gaza hardly ever trigger casualties and Israel normally responds with air strikes in opposition to positions managed by Hamas, the Islamist motion that’s the dominant armed drive in the territory of two million Palestinians.

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

The Jordan Valley, which Palestinians search for the japanese 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 conflict.

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

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

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