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WorldA Look at the West Bank Area Netanyahu Vowed to Annex

11:25  11 september  2019
11:25  11 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley if re-elected

Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley if re-elected Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley if re-elected

The vow made on Tuesday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a chunk of the occupied West Bank if he is returned to power by voters next week would, if carried out, mean that Israel would literally surround any future Palestinian state.

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A Look at the West Bank Area Netanyahu Vowed to Annex© Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times Palestinians working on a farm outside Jericho in 2013.

The vow made on Tuesday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a chunk of the occupied West Bank if he is returned to power by voters next week would, if carried out, mean that Israel would literally surround any future Palestinian state.

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The area he was talking about covers the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea bordering Jordan, and is roughly a third of the West Bank’s territory. Here’s why the zone is considered so important by Israel and why, in the view of Mr. Netanyahu’s critics, annexation could doom the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Mr. Netanyahu said he planned to annex all Israeli settlements in the West Bank , and that he would move immediately after forming a new government to proceed in the Jordan Valley, a strategic and fertile strip of territory along the A Look at the West Bank Area Netanyahu Vowed to Annex .

The West Bank is home to about 2.8 million Palestinians and more than 400,000 Jewish settlers. Mr. Netanyahu did not say whether he would seek to annex areas now under Palestinian control under the Oslo Accords. Applying sovereignty to Israeli settlements on West Bank land that the Palestinians

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The area is a ‘strategic asset’

Speaking at a news conference near Tel Aviv, Mr. Netanyahu asserted that along with the Golan Heights, the valley and northern Dead Sea are “the eastern border of the State of Israel.” He was referring to how the Jordan River separates Jordan, to the east, from Israel and the West Bank.

The river flows south from the Sea of Galilee for about 185 miles and feeds into the Dead Sea. Israel considers that natural barrier “an essential strategic asset” to ensure its security and prevent weapons smuggling by Palestinian militants into the West Bank.

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It’s also a big swath of land. According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea comprise almost 30 percent of the West Bank, much of which is already under Israeli control.

“This is the eastern defensive wall that guarantees that we will never again be a mere few miles wide,” Mr. Netanyahu said.

Much of the area in question is open, arable land that the Israeli Army already uses for operations. The area also has enormous potential for agricultural and energy projects, among other uses. The Dead Sea draws tourists, and salt and minerals are mined there.

Israeli settlements have spread in the area

A Look at the West Bank Area Netanyahu Vowed to Annex© 2019 Getty Images RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 10: Isrseli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu gives an announcement on September 10, 2019 in Ramat Gan, Israel. Netanyahu pledges to annex Jordan Valley in Occupied West Bank if Re-Elected on SEPTEMBER 17th Israeli elections. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israel seized the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war. Most of the world considers it occupied territory and Israeli settlements there to be illegal. Nonetheless, about 200 settlements have been established in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as their capital under a two-state solution to the conflict.

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An Israeli Arab woman walks past an electoral billboard showing Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , in Haifa, Israel, last Thursday. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex parts of the Israeli occupied

Mr. Netanyahu ’s vow comes after strategic shifts in the Middle East have pushed the Palestinian cause down the priority list of many Arab leaders and their peoples. Others noted that an actual Israel annexation of the Jordan Valley would leave most Palestinian areas in the West Bank surrounded

The Jewish Virtual Library, a website run by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, said that efforts to establish Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley date back to shortly after the 1967 war. The thinking was that if the area were settled by Jews, then Jerusalem, the disputed holy city regarded by Israel as its capital, would be more central in relation to the rest of the country. (In a diplomatic victory for Mr. Netanyahu, President Trump moved the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last year, despite international criticism that Jerusalem’s status has not been resolved.)

Palestinian leaders have said that the settlements are among the major obstacles to any possible peace agreement with Israel.

A Look at the West Bank Area Netanyahu Vowed to Annex© Menahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out his plan to annex the Jordan Valley at a news conference in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Tuesday.

According to B’Tselem, nearly 90 percent of the Jordan Valley and the area around the northern Dead Sea has already been designated as part of what is known as Area C, meaning it is under full Israeli security and civil control. B’Tselem says Israel has restricted Palestinians from building, or even entering much of the land. By its count, in 2016, there were about 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 settlers living there, B’Tselem said.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that if reelected, he will annex the Jordan Valley, part of the occupied West Bank , and home to Israeli settlements. The Jordan Valley makes up 60 percent of the West Bank ’s territory, but is sparsely populated.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if Here's the map of the territory of the Jordan Valley, in the West Bank , that Netanyahu vowed to annex if he wins next week's election (blue: will be

The areas not designated as Area C include the city of Jericho, which would not be annexed under Mr. Netanyahu’s proposal.

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The prime minister argued that his plan would give Israel “secure, permanent borders” to the east for the first time in its history. He said he wanted to seize on the Trump administration’s openness to Israeli annexation of at least parts of the West Bank. In an interview in June, the United States ambassador, David M. Friedman, asserted that Israel has a right to annex at least some of the West Bank, a view that is rejected by many other countries.

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