Ne­tanyahu says he’d an­nex West Bank set­tle­ments

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu pledged Satur­day to an­nex Jewish set­tle­ments in the oc­cu­pied West Bank if re-elected, a dra­matic pol­icy shift ap­par­ently aimed at ral­ly­ing his na­tion­al­ist base in the fi­nal stretch of the tight race.

In the Is­raeli elec­tions set for Tues­day, Ne­tanyahu is be­ing chal­lenged by for­mer mil­i­tary chief Benny Gantz. Polls have in­di­cated a close race.

Ne­tanyahu has pro­moted Jewish set­tle­ment ex­pan­sion, but un­til now re­frained from pre­sent­ing a de­tailed vi­sion for the West Bank, seen by the Pales­tini­ans as the heart­land of a fu­ture state.

Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu

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