Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Israel to retain West Bank areas


JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Wednesday not to dismantle even the remotest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, in a message to settlers ahead of September’s general election.

Israeli media had speculated that after US President Donald Trump handed Netanyahu valuable political prizes by recognizin­g Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its annexation of the Golan Heights, Trump might expect concession­s in return when he finally unveils his long-awaited proposals for Israeli-Palestinia­n peace.

“We shall not allow the dismantlin­g of any settlement in any peace plan,” Netanyahu told an audience at the settlement of Revava in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“I also make no distinctio­n between the settlement blocs and isolated settlement sites,” he said in Hebrew. “Every such spot is Israeli from my point of view.”

We shall not allow the dismantlin­g of any settlement in any peace plan.

The Palestinia­n leadership has already rejected the US peace plan, saying that Trump’s moves so far show him to be blatantly biased in favor of Israel.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israeli settlement­s are viewed as illegal under internatio­nal law and major obstacles to peace since they are located on land the Palestinia­ns see as part of their future state.

The settlers are a major plank of support for Netanyahu’s right-wing government and his bid for re-election.


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