World Bulletin / News Desk
An Israeli army radio station reported on Sunday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel seeks to annex 13% of the West Bank.
Israel had already expressed its intention to annex the southern Etzion bloc, the northern Ariel bloc and Maaleh Adumim just outside of Al-Quds (East Jerusalem).
Netanyahu’s proposal, however, also included the Beit El, Ofra and Psagot settlements in the suburbs of Ramallah.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had previously suggested a land swap, with Israeli Arab villages being traded for Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Although this suggestion was heavily criticized by all sides, including Israeli president Shimon Peres, the US had expressed its pleasure with the proposal.
Netanyahu’s hopes of annexing 13% of the West Bank are greater than former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s demand for 8% in 2001 and 2008.
The strategic positioning of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and control over vital transport routes gives the settlers priority over much needed resources. Far-right Jewish settlers in the West Bank are also well-known for attacking Palestinian villages and farms under the protection of Israeli occupying troops.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ocak 2014, 18:06