Ahead of upcoming elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if reelected. The statement he made in an interview with an Israeli television channel marks a policy turn-around. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister, but until now he’s refrained from presenting plans for the future of the West Bank settlements – which are widely considered illegal under international law. Palestinian officials denounced Netanyahu’s campaign pledge, saying he would face a real problem if he followed through.
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