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Israel: Netanyahu promises to annex parts of West Bank if reelected

Israel, Tel Aviv
September 10, 2019 at 19:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex parts of the West Bank if reelected, during a press conference in Tel Aviv, on Tuesday.

"Just as I settled our presence in the Golan Heights with the American recognition, the same I wish to do with the Jordan Valley," Netanyahu said during a press conference only one week ahead of the scheduled general elections.

Netanyahu used a map to point to the areas he promises to put under Israeli sovereignty if he gets reelected, which he says would include the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea.

"No prime minister has ever presented such a map to the public. It defines our Eastern border, it is clear, it is precise, it is logical. We haven't had such an opportunity since the six-day war, and I doubt we will have another opportunity in the next 50 years so I speak to you, citizens of the State of Israel for the sake of future generations to give me the power to give Israel security, give Israel the power to determine Israel's border," Netanyahu said.

Elections to the Knesset are due to be held on September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition after previous elections held back in April.

Mandatory credit: GPO

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex parts of the West Bank if reelected, during a press conference in Tel Aviv, on Tuesday.

"Just as I settled our presence in the Golan Heights with the American recognition, the same I wish to do with the Jordan Valley," Netanyahu said during a press conference only one week ahead of the scheduled general elections.

Netanyahu used a map to point to the areas he promises to put under Israeli sovereignty if he gets reelected, which he says would include the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea.

"No prime minister has ever presented such a map to the public. It defines our Eastern border, it is clear, it is precise, it is logical. We haven't had such an opportunity since the six-day war, and I doubt we will have another opportunity in the next 50 years so I speak to you, citizens of the State of Israel for the sake of future generations to give me the power to give Israel security, give Israel the power to determine Israel's border," Netanyahu said.

Elections to the Knesset are due to be held on September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition after previous elections held back in April.

Mandatory credit: GPO

W/S Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coming to lectern, Tel Aviv

SOT, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister (Hebrew): "Just as I settled our presence in the Golan Heights with the American recognition, the same I wish to do with the Jordan Valley. The map that I present here is based on the territory that the security establishment has defined back in 2014 and 2017 as giving Israel maximum security. This map guarantees Israel strategic depth."

SOT, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister (Hebrew): "This will be the first thing I do if I receive your trust. Now why is this so important, because this is the Eastern border of the State of Israel together with the Golan Heights where President Trump recognised our sovereignty after my conversations with him. This is our vital security, it is our defensive wall." *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE*

SOT, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister (Hebrew): "I want to emphasize again we are a democratic state. I won't do anything without getting a clear mandate from the public. Therefore, citizens of Israel I want a clear mandate from you to do this. I believe we have a unique, one opportunity to do something for which there is wide consensus, to finally create security for the state of Israel. It will guarantee that Judea and Samaria will never become Gaza and the Kfar Saba, Netanya and Tel Aviv will not become the Judea and Samaria envelope area. No prime minister has ever presented such a map to the public. It defines our Eastern border, it is clear, it is precise, it is logical. We haven't had such an opportunity since the six day war, and I doubt we will have another opportunity in the next 50 years, so I speak to you, citizens of the State of Israel, for the sake of future generations, to give me the power to give Israel security, give Israel the power to determine Israel's border."

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