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Israeli election and the West Bank

By Gwynne Dyer       

If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu includes the West Bank and the roads that connect them in his 'annexation,' it will be a final land grab that probably brings the portion of the West Bank under Israeli sovereignty above 50 per cent.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, three days before voters hit the polls on Tuesday, mounted a campaign that calls for the annexation of all the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

It shouldn’t have been a surprise when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday, three days before the Israeli election, that he is going to annex all the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. After all, every other member of his Likud Party in the Israeli parliament (28 out of 29) had already said they wanted to do that. Yet it did come as a surprise.

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