Netanyahu to annex occupied territories if re-elected

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plan to annex the Jordan Valley and the Northern Dead Sea area if he wins his re-election campaign next week, and will coordinate with President Donald Trump and his administration.

Annexing the large part of the West Bank could contravene worldwide law, especially since many Palestinians live there.

Netanyahu said that while he will wait for the presentation of the plan before doing so, he can immediately take such action in the Jordan Valley, which comes after months of diplomatic efforts.

The West Bank is a territory that sits between Israel and Jordan, and is home to around 2.5 million Palestinians and 400,000 Jewish Israelis. Israelis who live in the area have built settlements that opponents believe are illegal. "We haven't had this kind of opportunity since the [1967] Six Day War, and may not have it again for another 50 years", he added, referring to the war in which Israel captured the land.

The claim, made during a dramatic televised address to the nation on Monday evening, led Benjamin Netanyahu's domestic rivals to call it a PR exercise from the PM to bolster his security credentials ahead of next week's Israeli election.

Last year Netanyahu arranged a similar prime-time TV slot to describe how Israel had obtained secret Iranian nuclear paperwork, much of which turned out to be more than a decade old.

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Netanyahu became Israeli's longest-serving prime minister in July.

Netanyahu then opted to move toward a second general election rather than risk Israeli President Reuven Rivlin choosing someone else to try to form a government. He also said this claim could goad the US president into conflict with Tehran.

"Netanyahu is the chief destroyer of the peace process and any foolish move he makes will leave negative consequences on him locally and internationally", said PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.

Israel has long said it intends to maintain military control there under any peace agreement with the Palestinians.

The White House declined to comment on the record regarding whether the Trump administration has been briefed on what Netanyahu presented.

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