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Netanyahu’s call to annex West Bank inspired by Trump support

Palestinian and international experts and politicians are convinced that the extraordinary statements made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about annexing all settlements come from the realization that he has support from US President Donald Trump for his radical call.
A supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party waves flags, one bearing the name of U.S. President Donald Trump, as the crowd reacts to exit polls in Israel's parliamentary election at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun - RC12929E4A50

The statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of the elections about his intent to annex West Bank Jewish settlements to Israel will most likely resonate for a while, despite claims by some that this was simply electioneering rhetoric.

Speaking with Reuters on April 7, two days before the elections, Netanyahu made it clear that he is talking about annexing all Jewish settlements in the West Bank to Israel.

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