The Israeli prime minister is betting on the support of settlers and the nationalist right to stay in power in the legislative elections of September 17.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday (September 1st) that Israel would annex the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a promise it had made five months before the parliamentary elections, without providing any timetable.
The settlements are one of the main obstacles to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, who fear that Benjamin Netanyahu will want to take advantage of the unconditional support of US President Donald Trump to violate international resolutions.
“With the help of God, we will extend Jewish sovereignty to all the settlements that are part of the Land of Israel (according to the Bible, Ed) and the State of Israel,” said the first Minister during a speech in the Elkana settlement in the West Bank.
In the absence of a government majority after the April elections, the Israelis were again called to ballot on 17 September. Benyamin Netanyahu relies on the support of settlers and the nationalist right to stay in power.
While the “peace plan” promised by Donald Trump has still not been made public, the United States has already acknowledged Israel’s annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights.
Some 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank, according to government figures, and another 212,000 in East Jerusalem, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“It’s our land,” said Benjamin Netanyahu to Elkana. “We are going to build a new Elkana and a new Elkana and a new Elkana. We will not hunt anyone from here, “he said.