Arabs Condemn Israeli Prime Minister’s Jordan Valley Agenda

Arab nations have condemned a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex part of the occupied west bank.

On Tuesday Mr. Netanyahu who was campaigning for the election, pledged to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea if he is returned to office  next week.

He also said he would annex all Jewish settlements in the west bank, but this would need to wait until the publication of US President Donald Trump’s long-awaited plan for a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

Officials in Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia sharply criticised the announcement.

The chief Palestinian negotiator said the annexation proposed by Mr. Netanyahu would be a “war crime” that would “bury any chance of peace”, Saeb Erekat said.

The Arab league, meanwhile, denounced “the dangerous development” as “aggression”.

Israel has occupied the west bank since 1967 but has stopped short of annexation.

Palestinians claim the whole of the area for a future independent state.

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