Israel's Netanyahu promises to annex Jordan Valley, in occupied West Bank, if elected

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Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he intends to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he is elected next week, in an explosive move that he hinted was supported by President Donald Trump.

In a dramatic statement, the premier demanded a "mandate" from the people in the upcoming polls, in order to push ahead with the plan which although illegal under international law, he said believed would secure support from Israel's closest ally the United States.

"Today, I announce my intention, after the establishment of a new government, to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea," he said in a televised speech.

“I will apply for sovereignty of the settlements and other areas with maximum cooperation with the United States," he added.


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