On April 6, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is considering formally annexing certain Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
“You are asking whether we are moving on to the next stage – the answer is yes, we will move to the next stage. I am going to extend [Israel’s] sovereignty,” Netanyahu said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 News.
The prime Minister, who already gained a US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in fact promised to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if elected for another term next week.
To all those who still talk about the Bar-Ilan speech, Netanyahu just expressed his support for West Bank annexation on live TV.
— Eli Kowaz איליי קואז (@elikowaz) April 6, 2019
In a previous statement made on April 3 Netanyahu claimed that he told US President Donald Trump that his country was not ready to evacuate “a single person” from the West Bank settlements.
“As far as I am concerned, [the evacuation] won’t be [in] there and, if it is, it won’t [happen],” the prime minister said.
He also emphasized that Israel insists on continued control over West Bank territories.
Taking into account a fierce support of Israeli actions from the Trump administration, Netanyahu claims may become reality in the near future.