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Israel must annex West Bank prior to Trump exit, coalition chair says

Jerusalem Post- Palestinians can continue to live here, he explained as long as they do not participate in terrorism.

Israel must take advantage of this period before US President Donald Trump leaves office to apply sovereignty to all the West Bank settlements, Coalition Chairman MK Miki Zohar (Likud) said on Thursday, during a special virtual event to mark the first night of Hanukkah.

“Israel has to work to apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley. It has to take this opportunity to apply sovereignty in many of the settlements, if not all of the settlements,” Zohar said.

“We have to take advantage of this opportunity, which may not return again,” he said, adding that this was also the moment to legalize the West Bank outposts which he referred to as the “young settlements.”

Zohar said, “I hope this [sovereignty] will happen before the transition of the [US] government and before the elections that we know are getting closer.

“I have spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about this and will speak to him about it,” Zohar said, adding that he has tried to explain to Netanyahu that this is something that must happen now.

Zohar made his comment as part of a virtual event which involved 35 parliamentarians and ministers, and was sponsored by the Jordan Valley Regional Council and the Sovereignty Movement....READ MORE

The Jerusalem Post is a centrist broadsheet newspaper based in Jerusalem, founded in 1932 during the British Mandate of Palestine by Gershon Agron as The Palestine Post. In 1950, it changed its name to The Jerusalem Post



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