The Israeli Prime Minister said that he will claim “sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea” in a move that has bemused and infuriated Palestine. Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat said such annexation moves would “bury any chance of peace”. The last elections in Israel produced a manic tie between Netanyahu’s right-wing Lukid Party and centre-left party Blue and White Party. This time, the latest polls have the two neck and neck again leaving Netanyahu days to appeal to more voters and support from other right-wing parties he will likely have to form a coalition with. The West Bank has been claimed by Israel since 1967, however annexation is a new step in their attempts to assert control over Palestine, who claim the whole territory as their own for an independent state.
Netanyahu said in a live speech: “If I receive from you, citizens of Israel, a clear mandate to do so… today I announce my intention to apply with the formation of the next government Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea.”
This comes as US President Donald Trump plans to publish his ‘Deal of the Century’ plan to try and finally bring about peace between Israel and Palestine.
The deal includes an economic section which has been published. This side of the plan aims to double Palestine’s GDP by injecting investment, jobs and infrastructure into the West Bank and Gaza.
However, Palestine has given the US the cold shoulder ever since Trump moved the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, and Palestine dismissed Trump’s new deal as yet more biased treatment in favour of Israel.
The Trump administration has also reduced aid in Palestine, shut down their diplomatic office in Washington and tried to sideline the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
The documents stolen by Israeli agents showed the site in Abadeh, Iran, but no visible activity was evident.
Netanyahu continued: “This is what I have to say to the tyrants of Tehran.
“Israel knows what you’re doing, Israel knows when you’re doing it, and Israel knows where you’re doing it.”
Next Tuesday’s elections will reveal whether this aggressive tactics will win Israeli hearts and votes.