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Israel: Netanyahu Says He Will Annex Parts of the West Bank If Reelected

1 MIN READApr 8, 2019 | 14:25 GMT

What Happened: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will annex parts of the West Bank if he wins reelection to ensure Israeli control of the territory west of Jordan, Haaretz reported April 7.

Why It Matters: Israel's next government will likely lean strongly toward a one-state solution, even if Netanyahu's main electoral competitor, Gen. Benny Gantz, wins the election, as two smaller parties that could become kingmakers support the annexation of the West Bank. As a result, Israel could adopt a more assertive stance toward the territory.

Background: Netanyahu is hoping to secure far-right votes to achieve an electoral victory for his Likud party in the April 9 polls, which would put him in an advantageous position to form the next government.

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