Israeli leader vows to annex West Bank settlement enclave

Israeli leader vows to annex West Bank settlement enclave

Israel’s prime minister has vowed to annex settlements in the West Bank, including one deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, if he is re-elected.

Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli Army Radio today that he plans to annex “all the settlements” in the West Bank.

When asked if that included an enclave of several hundred settlers who live in volatile Hebron, he said: “Of course.”

A Palestinian man works on a farm near Bardala, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank (Ariel Schalit/AP)
A Palestinian man works on a farm near Bardala, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank (Ariel Schalit/AP)

Mr Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival in tomorrow’s vote.

He has issued a series hardline promises weeks before the vote trying to shore up nationalist voters.

He has also promised to annex the Jordan Valley, an area seen as the breadbasket of any Palestinian state.

Critics say his pledges would eliminate any remaining Palestinian hope of establishing a separate state.

- Press Association

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