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State of Palestine: Bethlehem residents react to Netanyahu's annexation promise

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Bethlehem
September 11, 2019 at 15:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank commented on Wednesday on the pledge by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the Jordan Valley.

"Israel initially annexed Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. There were no Arab or local responses, and then the second step was the Golan and today the Jordan Valley. I think Jordan will not react as well," said one local resident.

Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he would annex Jordan Valley and the north of the Dead Sea if he is re-elected in a vote next week.

"At the local Palestinian level, everyone knows that we are restricted here and there is nothing we can do. On the international level, we saw the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and nothing happened and nothing new will happen. Just some sounds will be made and things will go as usual after that," said another resident.

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea - which are currently under Israeli occupation - amount to nearly 30 percent of West Bank.

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Residents of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank commented on Wednesday on the pledge by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the Jordan Valley.

"Israel initially annexed Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. There were no Arab or local responses, and then the second step was the Golan and today the Jordan Valley. I think Jordan will not react as well," said one local resident.

Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he would annex Jordan Valley and the north of the Dead Sea if he is re-elected in a vote next week.

"At the local Palestinian level, everyone knows that we are restricted here and there is nothing we can do. On the international level, we saw the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and nothing happened and nothing new will happen. Just some sounds will be made and things will go as usual after that," said another resident.

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea - which are currently under Israeli occupation - amount to nearly 30 percent of West Bank.

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SOT, Palestinian from Bethlehem (Arabic): "This decision [of Netanyahu] to gain votes in the election and electoral propaganda is unfair for the Palestinian issue and the State of Palestine's rights. I believe that Israel is gradually implementing the 'Deal of the Century' through US support for the Israeli government."

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SOT, Palestinian from Bethlehem (Arabic): "As for Israel, if it wants to do something it implements it because it does not look at the Arab, local or Palestinian responses. Israel today is a country that rules the world and determines the policy of the United States, all the countries of the European Union and the whole world. Israel decided the fate of the world. Israel initially annexed Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. There were no Arab or local responses, and then the second step was the Golan and today the Jordan Valley. I think Jordan will not react as well."

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SOT, Palestinian from Bethlehem (Arabic): "At the local Palestinian level, everyone knows that we are restricted here and there is nothing we can do. On the international level, we saw the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and nothing happened and nothing new will happen. Just some sounds will be made and things will go as usual after that."

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SOT, Palestinian from Bethlehem (Arabic): Yes, he will do that and will include the Jordan Valley and why not do it! What will prevent Netanyahu from doing so when he is not afraid of anyone?"

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