AFP: Anger at Netanyahu's West Bank annexation pledge12 September 2019 | 00:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Netanyahu's controversial pledge involves extending Israel's sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea which account for one-third of the West Bank if he wins next week's elections. It would not include however annexing any Palestinian cities such as Jericho.
The pre-election promise late Tuesday drew immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
"The announcement constitutes a dangerous development and a new Israeli aggression," Arab foreign ministers said.
They also warned in a statement of "the ramifications of these dangerous, illegal and irresponsible" moves saying it would "undermine the chances of progress in the peace process".
Jordanian and Palestinian officials said any such measure risks "killing off" and "destroying" the entire peace process.
Jordan's house speaker Atef al-Tarawneh went as far as to warn on Wednesday that any such move could even put Israel's peace treaty with the country -- only one of two with Arab states -- at stake.
Damascus "strongly condemned" Netanyahu's vow, with a Syrian foreign ministry source telling the state news agency SANA that it was an "expansionist" plan in "flagrant violation" of international treaties.
The Syrian regime's main backer Russia warned that the plan could lead to a "sharp escalation of tensions in the region (and) undermine hopes for the establishment of long-awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours".
Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War in a move never recognised by the international community.
It also seized -- and later annexed -- part of the Golan Heights from Syria, and the two countries remain technically at war.
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