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Al Jazeera 10 Sep 2019

Netanyahu announces post-election plan to annex Jordan Valley

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Arab countries have condemned a campaign pledge by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
They say his plan would violate international law.
Netanyahu said the Trump administration's so-called "deal of the century'" would provide an historic opportunity for extending Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank and other areas.
But Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from West Jerusalem, this may just be pre-election talk.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he intends to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he stays in power after the country's election.
Annexing the large part of the West Bank could contravene international law, especially since many Palestinians live there.
Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett has more from West Jerusalem.
The European Union said any "settlement plan" would be considered "illegal" under international law after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he planned to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.…
It's being called an 'act of aggression' that could lead to war.
But that hasn't detered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from promising to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, if he wins next week's snap election.
Netanyahu is fighting for his political career after an inconclusive vote in April.
And he says Israel will 'apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea immediately' if he secures a fifth term.
The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea make up 30 percent of the occupied West Bank.
Approximately 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements, reside in that area.
The main Palestinian city is Jericho, that has about 28 villages and some Bedouin communities.
Annexation would also encircle any future Palestine state.
So, is it an election ploy to woo voters?
And what would the outcome be?

Presenter: Imran Khan

Guests
Mitchell Barak, CEO of Keevoon Global Research and former adviser to Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Mustafa Barghouti, former Palestinian Information Minister.
Mouin Rabbani, Co-Editor if Jadaliyya, an online magazine specializing in contemporary Middle East politics.
Ahead of upcoming elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if reelected. The statement he made in an interview with an Israeli television channel marks a policy turn-around. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister, but until now he's refrained from presenting plans for the future of the West Bank settlements - which are widely considered illegal under international law. Palestinian officials denounced Netanyahu's campaign pledge, saying he would face a real problem if he followed through.

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