Palestinians vow to keep Jordan Valley land

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HASSAN AL ABEDI, 55 YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN, SAYING:

"We tell Netanyahu, and whoever follows him, you will not break the Palestinians' will, you will never break our will, never, never."

Palestinians tilling the land of the fertile Jordan valley as their fathers and grandfathers did, say they will hold on to it at all costs.

Despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledges to annex the land if he wins reelection next week.

The right-winger says he'll, quote, "apply Israeli sovereignty" to the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea.

Formally annexing the Jordan Valley would mean that any future Palestinian state would be encircled by Israel.

Ismael Hassan says the land is not Netanyahu's in the first place.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ISMAEL HASSAN, 75-YEAR OLD PALESTINIAN, SAYING:

"We don't accept this whether he (Netanyahu) will succeed or not, we don't accept, this is our land, not Netanyahu's land. This land is for Palestine, for the Palestinians, not for Israel."

About 50-60,000 Palestinians live in the area, including its main town Jericho, as well as about 13,000 Israeli settlers.

The Palestinians call the fertile valley their "breadbasket."

Netanyahu says the annexation will boost Israel's security, and he's counting on help from a friendly U.S. administration under Donald Trump.

Which has already broken with decades of policy to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

But Palestinians, Arab leaders and the United Nations say Netanyahu's plan would represent a serious violation of international law.