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Legislative: Netanyahu plays the card of colonization

2019-09-11T09:46:28.396Z

A week before the elections, the Israeli prime minister announced his intention, if he was re-elected, to annex the Jordan Valley.


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Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on September 10 in Tel Aviv. Oded Balilty / AP

In the wake of the ultra-nationalist right, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu promised on Tuesday (September 10th) that if he were to be re-elected in the legislative elections of September 17th, his government would unilaterally annex the Jordan Valley and the northern part of the sea. Dead, in the West Bank.

His hourly live broadcast on television once again captured a campaign in which "Bibi", back to the wall in the polls, seems to be fighting alone against himself, against the erosion of his electorate. and the tightening judicial calendar. Accused of corruption, he is threatened with indictment by the end of the year. The Jordan is only a first step, he said on Tuesday, repeating a promise already made on the eve of the April elections, which did not allow him to obtain a majority to form a government.

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The prime minister intends to implement, without consultation with the Palestinian Authority, the full "sovereignty" of the state in other territories, if it receives "a clear mandate" of voters. Netanyahu placed this gesture in the context of "the historic opportunity" that, in his view, represents the Trump administration's "peace plan" for the Middle East. "Out of respect [for him] and by great faith in [their] friendship," he will wait to act until this plan is unveiled shortly after the vote on September 17.

This call was largely ignored by Washington. Trump has been campaigning since August to remove Bibi from the air, saying he is ready to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rohani and to bend his policy of "maximum pressure" against country, concerted with Israel. He announced the dismissal of the main defender of this policy, his national security adviser John Bolton, less than two hours after the promises of Mr. Netanyahu, weakening their reach.

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Defensive buffer zone

No matter, "Bibi" is taking a chance. Throughout the summer, his ultra-nationalist and messianic right allies had urged him to clarify his promises of annexation. Until now, he had been content with vague commitments to extend Israel's legal sovereignty over the settlements of Maale Adumim and Gush Etzion in the West Bank.

Source: lemonde

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