Foreign Affairs
Electoral promises by PM Benjamin Netanyahu draw condemnation

A number of Arab countries have condemned the electoral proposals put forward by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu so that Israelis can take certain occupied territories on the West Bank into their hands.

During a televised speech as part of his campaign for the. elections to be held on 17 September, Netanyahu said that if he is elected he would give Israelis who live on land in the Jordan valley more sovereignty. The plan was criticised by officials from. Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia with the Arab League describing the move as an act of aggression.

The Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat described the plans as a criminal act and said that if they are enacted, any prospect of peace in the region will disappear.  This land has been occupied by the Israelis since 1967 however, to date, it has not been considered as sovereign Israeli territory.  Netanyahu also stated that he wants to take control of  the Israeli settlements on the West Bank, however he wants to wait for the proposals sent by American President Donald Trump for a peace plan in the region. He said that nevertheless, if he is elected, his plan will be implemented in the area of the Jordan valley and the northern part of the Dead Sea immediately.

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