Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday (September 10th) his intention to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he won the parliamentary elections on September 17th.
"Today, I announce my intention to apply, with a future government, the sovereignty of Israel over the Jordan Valley and the northern part of the Dead Sea , " said Mr. Netanyahu at a conference of press in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv.
30% of the West Bank
The Jordan Valley represents 2,400 km², or about 30% of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967. Its annexation would undermine the Palestinian state project that was so far at the heart of the peace process.
Benjamin Netanyahu, who is preparing for a tight vote, also reiterated his promise to annex all Jewish settlements in the West Bank, but said he would wait for the publication of the US plan to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and consultations. with Donald Trump.
In a statement issued shortly after his speech, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Chtayyeh calls him "the first gravedigger of the peace process" .Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Israel: the annexation of the settlements of the West Bank, Netanyahu's final electoral promise
Netanyahu's announcement comes one week to the day of Israeli parliamentary elections, which are bitterly contested. Netanyahu, who is campaigning on the right and courting the Jewish settler electorate for the annexation of the West Bank, is currently neck and neck with his closest rival, former army chief Benny Gantz , at the head of the centrist party Bleu Blanc.Article reserved for our subscribers Read also In Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu woo the ultranationalist electorate
The United States, which has been a steadfast supporter of Israel since Donald Trump joined the White House in early 2017, is expected to present details of their Middle East peace plan after the Israeli elections.
This plan will be "a historic and unique opportunity to apply our sovereignty over our settlements in Judea and Samaria and other key places for our security, our heritage and our future," Netanyahu said in front of Israeli flags.
While Israel's colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has continued under all Israeli governments since 1967, it has accelerated in recent years under the leadership of Netanyahu and his ally in Washington, Donald Trump. . To date, more than 600,000 Israelis face often conflictual coexistence with three million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.Read also Middle East: the resignation of Trump's envoy for peace feeds doubts on the American plane