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Jordan Valley annexation — Netanyahu’s desperate last card

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would annex the Jordan Valley after the elections. He hopes this announcement will sideline unpleasant issues for him, such as the police investigation or a possible Trump-Rouhani meeting.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen - RC1ABFF59380
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If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to win the elections, Sept. 10. could turn out to be forever seared into the memories of Israelis as a traumatic day.

According to the latest polls, a little less than half of Israelis will be giving their votes on Sept. 17 to one of the so-called “right-wing bloc” parties. For the rest of Israel’s eligible voters, members of the “anyone but Netanyahu” bloc, Sept. 10 could mark the day that Netanyahu and his strategy sank to the depths of the earth.

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