Israeli PM vows to annex West Bank settlements

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-01 18:07:59|Editor: xuxin
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JERUSALEM, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday to annex the settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The remarks were made during a speech in a ceremony for the opening of the school year at a state religious primary school in the settlement of Elkana.

"There will be no more displacements, and with the help of God we will apply Jewish sovereignty to all communities," Netanyahu said, adding that the move will make these settlements part of Israel.

Netanyahu is on a re-election campaign ahead of Israel's Sept. 17 parliamentary elections. Such remarks are being sought by his right-wing electoral base.

The minister has made a similar remark before the April elections but did not move to implement it.

The settlements are located in the West Bank, where about 400,000 Jewish settlers live in heavily guarded communities among some 2.8 millions Palestinians.

Israel has captured the land in the 1967 Middle East war and has kept its control over it ever since despite international criticism.