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Jerusalem - Netanyahu Says Discussing Settlement Annexation With U.S.

Published on: February 12, 2018 11:25 AM
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem February 11, 2018. REUTERS/RonenIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he has been discussing with the United States the possibility of Israel annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, drawing swift condemnation from Palestinian leaders.

Netanyahu did not say how far discussions had gone on annexing some of the land that the Palestinians want for a future state - a move that would be certain to meet strong international opposition.

“On the subject of applying sovereignty, I can say that I have been talking to the Americans about it for some time,” Netanyahu was quoted by a spokesman of his right-wing Likud party as telling a meeting of its legislators.

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Netanyahu was referring to applying Israeli law to the settlements, a step tantamount to annexation.

There was no immediate confirmation from the White House on whether discussions on the subject had been held.

Some commentators suggested Netanyahu’s words may have been a move to placate right-wingers in his cabinet rather than a concrete plan.

But the statement stoked Palestinian anger already high over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition on Dec. 6 of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said any annexation would “destroy all efforts to try and save the peace process”.

“No-one has the right to discuss the situation of the occupied Palestinian lands,” Abu Rdainah said from Moscow, where Abbas was holding talks with President Vladimir Putin amid reports they may discuss new options for Middle East mediation.

Most countries regard the Jewish settlements in the West Bank as illegal. Israel disputes this.

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Netanyahu’s comments to the legislators appeared, at least in part, to be an attempt to soften any political fallout within Likud over his decision on Sunday to block a bill proposed by several right-wing lawmakers to annex settlements.

A source at the prime minister’s office said on Sunday the bill was blocked in order to allow diplomatic efforts.

An Israel Radio political affairs commentator described Netanyahu’s comments as largely ideological in nature and said it was unlikely any practical steps would be taken in the near future.

The Likud spokesman did not mention any timeframe for an annexation. He quoted Netanyahu as saying at the party forum that any change in the settlements’ status must first be coordinated, “as much as possible” with the United States, Israel’s main ally.

The Trump administration has been less critical than the Obama White House of Israeli settlement policy. But in an interview published on Sunday in Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu newspaper, Trump urged Israel to tread cautiously.

“The settlements are something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements,” Trump said.

Trump also voiced doubts about Palestinian and Israeli commitment to making peace.

Asked when he would unveil a promised new peace plan, Trump said: “We are going to see what goes on. Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace. And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace.”

U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed in 2014, with the settlement dispute one of the main factors behind their failure.



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 Feb 12, 2018 at 11:37 AM Educated Archy Says:

Fact:

Settlements save lives. It keeps the wild beasts spread thin and unable to mobilize. It makes it nearly impossible for the animals to get near large cities.

Don't kid yourself they are not killing "because" of settlements. They are killing "despite" settlements. These people are ruthless blood suckers. They will kill until they get 100% of the land. They have no interest in pre 67.

And Unlike Egypt, Palestine's only existence is to kill. They would bot thrive if they didn't kill us.

These are the bitter facts.

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 11:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Cry Bibi Cry. U will never b able to wipe the blood of these kedoishim off ur stained fingers

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 12:37 PM grandbear Says:

The palestinians , abbas- have been hanging that fruit just out of reach for the US(peace) and have been getting billions of dollars for 70 years now. As long as the US doesn't get tired of this costly game , they will keep on getting the cash.

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 01:00 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Cry Bibi Cry. U will never b able to wipe the blood of these kedoishim off ur stained fingers

Bibi actually saved kedoshim via settlements

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Bibi actually saved kedoshim via settlements

By now ur even comical. Mothers fathers kids slaughtered in settlements and ur saying it saves lives. U must be either sick or entirely aloof and playing NOBODY HOME. If these murdered people wld b living in decent places they wld still be alive and mayb chant ur chorus too cuz they were nebech innocent idiots for allowing themselves into the lions den. Save urself for not living in Israel so u r still alive. SETTLEMENTS SAVES LIVES. UHU. Too many deaths to count to make ur inasane argument count. Get help!

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 06:10 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

By now ur even comical. Mothers fathers kids slaughtered in settlements and ur saying it saves lives. U must be either sick or entirely aloof and playing NOBODY HOME. If these murdered people wld b living in decent places they wld still be alive and mayb chant ur chorus too cuz they were nebech innocent idiots for allowing themselves into the lions den. Save urself for not living in Israel so u r still alive. SETTLEMENTS SAVES LIVES. UHU. Too many deaths to count to make ur inasane argument count. Get help!

Stop for a second and think.

Say there were no settlements but these kedoshim all lived at the city edges. ( There is always a last person at whetver line you draw)

Now don't you think those same kedoshim would be killed by Palestinians seeking yiddisha blit? What makes you so sure that they only kill "because" these people live in settlements. I say they will kill anyhow because that's the nature of these animals. If they can't get jews in settlements they will go after jews living at city borders.

So far is there anything comical?

Now lets go a step further once we established that killing is in their blood. When they sneak into cities to kill there are lots of people that they can kill and will CVS kill even more jews.

Furthermore, till now they are limited to their little shtieital. They can only make weapons and plan among the few locals near them. Now under the no settlement scenario you propose, they can easily travel and plan from one city to another as they are not boxed in. They can now plan and create more lethal terror attacks with more terrorists involved.

Till moshiach comes its not no terror vs terror, Rather its how to best minimize terror nebach.

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 11:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Stop for a second and think.

Say there were no settlements but these kedoshim all lived at the city edges. ( There is always a last person at whetver line you draw)

Now don't you think those same kedoshim would be killed by Palestinians seeking yiddisha blit? What makes you so sure that they only kill "because" these people live in settlements. I say they will kill anyhow because that's the nature of these animals. If they can't get jews in settlements they will go after jews living at city borders.

So far is there anything comical?

Now lets go a step further once we established that killing is in their blood. When they sneak into cities to kill there are lots of people that they can kill and will CVS kill even more jews.

Furthermore, till now they are limited to their little shtieital. They can only make weapons and plan among the few locals near them. Now under the no settlement scenario you propose, they can easily travel and plan from one city to another as they are not boxed in. They can now plan and create more lethal terror attacks with more terrorists involved.

Till moshiach comes its not no terror vs terror, Rather its how to best minimize terror nebach.

Too long of a drasha but last point was “to minimize terror you dont seek to provoke terror. PERIOD.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 11:14 AM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Too long of a drasha but last point was “to minimize terror you dont seek to provoke terror. PERIOD.

Terror is provoked already. They will kill anyhow. PERIOD

Short enough drasha for you?

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