Israel's Prime Minister Vows to Begin Annexing West Bank if He Wins Next Week's Election

  
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Israel's Prime Minister Vows to Begin Annexing West Bank if He Wins Next Week's Election

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Israel's Prime Minister Vows to Begin Annexing West Bank if He Wins Next Week's Election










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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves following a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Netanyahu vowed Tuesday to begin annexing West Bank settlements if he wins national elections next week.

 
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BY   JOSEF FEDERMAN / AP  
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019





(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s prime minister on Tuesday vowed to annex the strategic heartland of the West Bank if he wins national elections next week, offering a vision that would likely end any remaining hopes for establishing a Palestinian state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would annex the Jordan Valley, an area seen as the breadbasket of any Palestinian state, shortly after forming a new government and move later to annex remaining Jewish settlements. Such action would gobble up most of the West Bank territory sought by the Palestinians, leaving them with little more than isolated enclaves.

“Today I am announcing my intention to apply, with the formation of the next government, Israeli sovereignty on the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea,” he said. Unveiling a map, he called the strategic area “Israel’s eastern border.”

Netanyahu’s announcement was the latest in a series of frenetic moves he has made in recent days aimed at rallying his hard-line voters ahead of the Sept. 17 election, and his plan would hinge on a number of factors, most critically whether President Donald Trump would support him. Nonetheless, it was the most detailed vision for the region that Netanyahu has presented during more than a decade in power.

Appearing some 90 minutes late at a hastily called news conference, Netanyahu said that it was important to act as Trump prepares to unveil his Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections.

“This is a historic opportunity, a one-time opportunity, to extend Israeli sovereignty on our settlements in Judea and Samaria, and also on other important regions for our security, for our heritage, and for our future,” he said, using the biblical terms for the West Bank.

He gave no indication on whether he had discussed his plans with Trump, but said he would wait for Trump’s peace plan and coordinate all steps with the president, whose team of Mideast advisers is dominated by supporters of the settlements.

U.S. officials said Netanyahu had told them about his proposal ahead of time and had not raised any objections because they do not think it will affect prospects for an eventual agreement. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — for a future independent state. A mass annexation of parts of the West Bank would likely end any remaining hopes for establishing a viable Palestinian state. Israel already has annexed east Jerusalem in a move that is not internationally recognized.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said Netanyahu’s annexation plan is “manifestly illegal.”

“Israel’s unprecedented culture of impunity, enabled by international inaction, is the only explanation for Mr. Netanyahu’s audacity in using annexation as an election ploy,” he said, calling on the international community to block the Israeli leader’s plan.

The international community, along with the Palestinians, overwhelmingly considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem illegal. Nearly 700,000 settlers live in the two areas, in addition to over 2.5 million Palestinians.

Netanyahu was not clear about the fate of the Palestinians. But for the first time, he unveiled a map showing his plan for annexing the Jordan Valley.

The plan would turn Palestinian population centers into isolated enclaves that he said he would seek to link to neighboring Jordan. Unlike Israeli settlers, West Bank Palestinians are not Israeli citizens and do not have the right to vote.

Opposition politicians alike criticized Netanyahu for proposing West Bank annexation as part of his campaign. On Twitter, Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List of Arab parties, called Netanyahu’s statement “not just election spin” but “a vision of apartheid.” Ehud Barak, a former prime minister who is campaigning to oust Netanyahu, said the prime minister “has no public or moral mandate to determine things so fateful to the state of Israel.”

Locked in a tight race, Netanyahu has resorted to a series of stunts in recent days aimed at drawing attention to his campaign and, critics say, diverting attention from a looming corruption case.

Alleging fraud in Arab voting areas, Netanyahu has been pushing an unsuccessful campaign to place cameras in polling stations on election day. He also claimed to have located a previously unknown Iranian nuclear-weapons facility, and later this week, flies to Russia for a lightning meeting with President Vladimir Putin.




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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Clearly, the hard line Israeli government under Netanyahu intends to conduct a fait accompli and end any hope for a two state solution. I really don't think this is the way to end the BDS movement. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 months ago

It won't end the BDS movement because there will always be ignorant and Jew-hating people around.  But the annexation of Judea and Samaria is no surprise since historically and legally they belong to Israel anyway.  I have already posted elsewhere research done by a number of legal experts and others who took the time to do so establishing that fact. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    3 months ago

What land are you proposing be given to the Palestinians for the two state solution? 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    3 months ago

I support the Jordan Option. It makes a lot of sense to me.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.2    3 months ago

So you dont want a two state solution in the disputed areas, you want the Palestinians to leave. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.3    3 months ago

The Palestinians have been given every reasonable chance to make a peace deal and they have refused all down the line for doing so.  Israel has tried to negotiate with them over the decades.  Israel has made concessions - land given for peace, terrorists with blood on their hands released, building moratorium...Offered the Palestinians 95% of their demands, then 97% of their demands, to no avail - the Palestinians would make not one concession, would not negotiate, and walked away from the table.  If the deal breaker is that Israel will not accept return of all the Palestinian refugees because obviously that would end Israel as being a Jewish State, the Homeland of the Jews, because, contrary to every Muslim State Israel is a Democracy and majority rules, then too damn bad for the Jews, eh John?.  It's all been tried - and the Palestinians have been their own worst enemy, not Israel, so now that 70 years have gone by and the Palestinians remain intransigent, it's time to stop beating a dead horse and finally put the Jordan Option into effect.

So my answer to those whose catcall is "Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea", I'll borrow the line from Rhett Butler:  "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

 
 
 
Ronin2
1.1.5  Ronin2  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.2    3 months ago

Again, too bad Jordan doesn't.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jordan-king-tells-trump-team-a-palestinian-state-the-only-way-to-peace/

Jordan on Wednesday reiterated its backing for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exposing an apparent rift with the United States as the Trump administration tries to rally Arab support for a peace conference next month in Bahrain.

Presidential advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman. The official Petra news agency said the two parties “discussed regional developments, especially efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

The king restated his commitment to the two-state solution, with the formation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, a position that appears to be at odds with US President Donald Trump’s still undisclosed “deal of the century.”

Abdullah insisted on the “need to intensify efforts to achieve a comprehensive and lasting peace based on the two-state solution that would guarantee the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Jordan, a key US ally, has not yet said whether it will attend the June 25-26 meeting in Manama, capital of the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain. The Palestinians have said they will not attend the summit, rejecting it as heavily biased in favor of Israel.

Kushner, who arrived in the Jordanian capital Amman from Morocco, has said the Bahrain conference will focus on the economic foundations of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The conference will not include core political issues, such as Palestinian statehood.

Greenblatt and Kushner met with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Tuesday and discussed Morocco’s support for the peace conference. Moroccan officials declined commenting on Kushner’s visit.

The US envoys are scheduled to travel to Israel next.

Reliant on American political and military support, it will be difficult for Jordan to reject the invitation. But with most of its people of Palestinian descent and the kingdom bordering the West Bank, it will be difficult to embrace a plan that does not include a Palestinian state.

Any perception that Jordan is selling out the interests of the Palestinians would be deeply unpopular and possibly even destabilizing.

The White House has billed the Bahrain conference as “a pivotal opportunity… to share ideas, discuss strategies and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement.”

But Palestinian political leaders say they will boycott it and Palestinian business leaders said they won’t go either, raising further questions about the plan’s viability.

For now, the Americans are pinning their hopes on wealthy Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, hoping their regional influence and deep pockets can make the conference a success.

The Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, along with host Bahrain, have accepted invitations to attend. This has fueled Palestinian jitters that they will come under heavy pressure to accept large sums of money in exchange for freezing or abandoning aspirations for an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

In accepting the invitation to the Bahrain conference, Gulf countries have been careful to express solidarity with the Palestinians but have also signaled flexibility.

Jordan is not Palestine, they don't want to lose their unique identity. They have stated so repeatedly. Only the deaf are failing to listen.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
1.1.6  dave-2693993  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.3    3 months ago
So you dont want a two state solution in the disputed areas, you want the Palestinians to leave.

If that is supposed to be a joke, I suggest not giving up your day job.

Do you have any idea who has been shouting a one state solution for decades?

Do you have any idea who has gone to the table in pursuit of the two state solution time and again only for the Palestinians walk out because "compromise" to them means 100% of their demands?

Even the other Arab nations are fed up with the Palestinians by now.

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
3  Dignitatem Societatis    3 months ago

This issue is one of such biting irony.

Lebensraum - The German concept of Lebensraum ("living space") comprises policies and practices of settler colonialism which proliferated in Germany from the 1890s to the 1940s. First popularized around 1901, Lebensraum became a geopolitical goal of Imperial Germany in World War I (1914–1918) originally, as the core element of the Septemberprogramm of territorial expansion. The most extreme form of this ideology was supported by the Nazi Party (NSDAP) and Nazi Germany until the end of World War II.

Hell, Netanyahu only missed the 105th anniversary of the Septemberprogramm by one day.

The Septemberprogramm was the plan for the territorial expansion of Imperial Germany, prepared for Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, at the beginning of World War I (1914–18). The Chancellor's private secretary, Kurt Riezler, drafted the Septemberprogramm on 9 September 1914

How crazy is that?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dignitatem Societatis @3    3 months ago

No comparison.  There is a difference between reclaiming one's ancient and historical homeland and expanding into other countries.

 
 
 
Ronin2
3.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1    3 months ago

Too bad the rest of the world doesn't recognize the land Israel is expanding into as theirs. 

Please, don't bring up the BS promises from Great Britain, and the deceased League of Nations- I can match you promise for promise that were made to the Arabs. We have had this go around several times already. I can even remind you of the fundamental promise that Israel has violated in the Balfour Declaration; which all other agreements the came after were based on.

https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/peace/guide/pages/the%20balfour%20declaration.aspx

Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine , or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,
Arthur James Balfour

Read the part I put in bold. Want to argue that Israel has done nothing to block the civil and religious rights of Palestinians, Arabs, and even Christians?

Don't worry Israel will get what it has always wanted; the Sunni states are in the process of throwing the Palestinians under the bus in return for an Israeli alliance against Iran. But just like open elections in the Gaza Strip they will come to choke on it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1.1    3 months ago

I can wait to see what happens.  Predictions are fine, as long as they are fulfilled.  Time will tell. 

 
 
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