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Sat Apr 6, 2019, 08:12 PM

Netanyahu Vows to Start Annexing West Bank, in Bid to Rally the Right

Source: New York Times

JERUSALEM — Struggling to rally right-wing voters before Tuesday’s elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that he would start to extend Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank if given a fourth consecutive term.

Such a move has been ardently sought by the settler movement but resisted until now by Mr. Netanyahu, and by more moderate Israelis, as a potentially fatal blow to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the eyes of most of the world, it would also be a violation of international law that bars the annexation of land seized in war.

But Mr. Netanyahu trailed his main challenger, Benny Gantz, a former army chief of staff, in final polls of the campaign published Friday. And he has been frantically trying to mobilize conservative Israelis to vote for his Likud party rather than for other, more extremist parties whose leaders have joined his government but have often portrayed him as more of a brake on the settler movement than an accelerator.

Mr. Netanyahu was pressed in a live television interview Saturday night over why he had not already annexed settlement blocs like Maale Adumim and Gush Etzion, two large Jewish communities built on occupied territory on the outskirts of Jerusalem. He vowed to begin the effective annexation of those and other, more isolated areas under Jewish control.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/world/middleeast/netanyahu-annex-west-bank.html



I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

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Reply Netanyahu Vows to Start Annexing West Bank, in Bid to Rally the Right (Original post)
brooklynite Apr 6 OP
marylandblue Apr 6 #1
ck4829 Apr 6 #2
fascisthunter Apr 6 #3
sandensea Apr 6 #4
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 6 #5
catbyte Apr 6 #6
The Mouth Apr 6 #8
Scarsdale Apr 7 #12
rockfordfile Apr 6 #7
YOHABLO Apr 6 #9
Initech Apr 7 #11
ProudLib72 Apr 6 #10
atreides1 Apr 8 #13
brooklynite Apr 8 #14
Mosby Apr 8 #15
Blue_Tires Apr 8 #16
Aristus Apr 8 #17

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 08:18 PM

1. Don't count him out until he is gone. He is a survivor.

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Last time he was losing in the polls, he pandered to the hard right and won.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 08:40 PM

2. Russia if you're listening...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 09:01 PM

3. Sickness

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 09:05 PM

4. Saddam-a-yahu

Except, of course, this one doesn't have to worry about any Desert Storm pushing him back from illegally occupied land.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 09:30 PM

5. How Trumpian of hime

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 09:41 PM

6. Asshole. Wasn't he indicted? Come on, Israel. You can do better.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 10:18 PM

8. So can we

The question is "will" we?

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Response to catbyte (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 07:18 AM

12. Isn't he a convicted

crook? Does this mean Israel is lowering their standards to a level the US has, to keep a "sub-par" leader in office? Have they not seen what is happening to the US under a crook? Of course, tRump has the entire crooked gop party propping him up. I hope to live to see the day when tRump, his entire family and the gop all regret ever having him waddle onto the national stage. Rip off all the covers, show him for the slimebag he is.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 10:14 PM

7. That guy is a pos

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 10:36 PM

9. Netanyahu has got to go. Putin has got to go. Trump definitely has got to go.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 01:24 AM

11. I'm not against war, but we have to declare war on Putin.

Maybe Rupert Murdoch too.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 11:52 PM

10. I hereby wash my hands of Israel so long as Bibi reigns

No further comment.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 09:42 AM

13. Okay

If he follows through, what exactly happens to the 3 million Palestinian Arabs currently living in the West Bank?

Does the Israeli government forcefully remove them and place them in Gaza, or just ships them out to the desert and leaves them stranded?

Perhaps the Israeli government will just kill any Palestinian that refuses to leave what has been home for decades, if not centuries!

Are the Israelis willing to use the same methods that were used on European Jews, to remove them?

Will those who were oppressed become as evil as those who once oppressed them?

Lots of questions...and no answers, yet!!!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 09:50 AM

14. Not exactly what he's proposing...

He's planning to claim that the Israeli settlements already in the West Bank (which, obviously, don't have any Palestinians in them) are now part of Israeli territory. They already are effectively (fenced off from Palestinian territory and linked by road to the rest of Israel. It's a matter of legal status.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 10:30 AM

15. there are quite a few israeli arabs in the settlements

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Especially in the north.

The large majority of settlers are there for economic reasons, not religious ones.

The price for real estate is nuts in Israel, the houses and Apts being built in the WB have helped stem the rising costs by offering somewhat affordable housing.

Eta https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-settlements/leave-or-let-live-arabs-move-in-to-jewish-settlements-idUSKBN0JL0D620141207

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 10:48 AM

16. Israel is going to keep chipping away gradually

until there's nothing left

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 10:50 AM

17. The wrong Netanyahu died at Entebbe.

If Jonathan Netanyahu were still alive, I wonder what he would be like?

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