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Netanyahu promises to annex all West Bank settlements, Jordan Valley...

•, Yumna Patel

During a press conference Netanyahu vowed to "extend sovereignty" to all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, effectively annexing swaths of land where more than 190 settlements have been built in contravention of international law.

"I want from you a clear mandate to place Israeli sovereignty on all the settlements," he says, seemingly addressing voters in the upcoming election.

In addition to annexing all West Bank settlements, Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank, saying it was a place "that can have sovereignty immediately applied to it after the elections."

According to B'Tselem, the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30% of the West Bank, and "serves as the Palestinians' most significant land reserve." It is home to some 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 settlers.

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