Israeli PM vows to 'extend sovereignty' to West Bank settlements

J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben Ami addressing the group’s conference in Washington

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex parts of the Israeli occupied West Bank if he is reelected, and made it clear that he would reject Palestinian statehood in any form, arguing that it would "endanger our existence".

In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met one-on-one with Bin Alawi at an worldwide conference in Warsaw, attended by officials from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical and political connections to the land.

A general view of Amichai, a new settlement which will house some 300 Jewish settlers evicted in February 2017 from the illegal West Bank settlement of Amona, in the Israeli occupied West Bank, February 22, 2018.

"I'm going to apply sovereignty, but I don't distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlement points, because from my perspective every such point of settlement is Israeli", he said. "We will move on to the next stage". I want to do it gradually. Donald Trump said, imitating the supporters.

Netanyahu added that the next term in office would be "fateful", according to The Times of Israel.

"'How do you like the idea of me recognizing exactly what we're discussing?'" said Trump, recounting the conversation. "We will see. These are my principles". But Israel has so far stopped short of formally annexing the West Bank, leaving the door open for further negotiations with Palestinians.

"Why not ask how in 13 years Netanyahu could have annexed and didn't?"

The president says "we need more Republicans".

Pressed on his own stance, Gantz said he opposed "unilateral" moves.

Polls indicate a close race, though Netanyahu's Likud Party and its traditional allies, smaller right-wing parties, are predicted to win a slight majority of the votes.

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We will oppose and fight against the annexation, even of a single inch of occupied Palestinian land, and we will demand that [Netanyahu] respect the United Nations resolutions and dismantle all the settlements.

In remarks delivered via satellite, Netanyahu said, "Take it from this Benjamin, it's not about the Benjamins!"

Netanyahu has actively supported the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which Israel has occupied since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki pushed back Sunday on Netanyahu's annexation promise. Netanyahu immediately reacted to the claims, describing them as "unfounded".

"His declaration is not just in the heat of. electioneering campaigns", said Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestine Liberation Organization official.

"We will stay there", he said.

"Netanyahu's irresponsible statement to seek votes just before the Israeli general elections can not and will not change this fact", Cavusoglu said.

"Israel will continue to brazenly violate worldwide law for as long as the global community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump administration's support", he said on Twitter.

Wynn has denied all allegations against him.

No law prevents Bibi from serving while under indictment or on trial.

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