Israel’s Likud party approves resolution to annex West Bank

Likud

Israel’s ruling party on Sunday voted in favor of a draft resolution to impose Israeli sovereignty over illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and annex them to Israel.

The vote was held during the general conference of the 3700-member Likud Central Committee and the resolution is expected to be passed to the Knesset for its approval, according to Hebrew media.

The conference was convened under the title “They write bout cigars, we write about history” in reference to the corruption investigations against Likud’s chairman who also serves as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Observers say that if the resolution were to go to the Knesset, it would mean that there are no more attempts to achieve a two-state solution. Israel would propose self-government to the Palestinians as the best scenario.

Based on a report published by the Hebrew TV channel Seven on Saturday, the resolution reads, “Fifty years after the liberation of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on the party’s elected leaders to work to allow free construction and to apply Israeli law and sovereignty to all liberated settlement areas in Judea and Samaria.”

(Source / 01.01.2018)

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