Ne­tanyahu vows to an­nex West Bank set­tle­ments

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JERUSALEM — Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu vowed on Tues­day to an­nex the heart of the West Bank if he wins re­elec­tion next week, a move that could in­flame the Mid­dle East and ex­tin­guish any re­main­ing Pales­tinian hope of es­tab­lish­ing a sep­a­rate state.

Arab lead­ers an­grily con­demned Ne­tanyahu’s re­marks, and a U.N. spokesman warned the step would be “dev­as­tat­ing” to the prospects for a two-state so­lu­tion.

Ne­tanyahu said he would ex­tend Is­raeli sovereignt­y over the Jor­dan Val­ley — an area seen as the bread­bas­ket of any Pales­tinian state — shortly af­ter form­ing a new gov­ern­ment and would later an­nex other set­tle­ments.

Such ac­tion would swal­low up most of the West Bank ter­ri­tory sought by the Pales­tini­ans, leav­ing them with lit­tle more than iso­lated en­claves.

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