If Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu goes through with his promise to annex the Jordan Valley, he would be killing the two-state solution for domestic electoral gain, says former British MP and RT contributor George Galloway.
The Israeli PM reaffirmed a pledge to annex all Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank, but noted that such a move would not be made before publication of a long-awaited USA peace plan and consultations with US President Donald Trump.
The Jordan Valley comprises around one-third of the West Bank and contains numerous Israeli settlements.
In response Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh labelled Mr Netanyahu a 'prime destroyer of the peace process'.
While Netanyahu had spoken about working towards a two-state solution in the past, as the country has shifted further to the right, he has brought it up less frequently in recent times.
Its settlements there are considered illegal under worldwide law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinian see as part of their future state.
Over his past 10 years as prime minister, however, Netanyahu has not taken any concrete steps to implement annexation.
Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 war.
In an address to English-speaking supporters this week, he said that a victory for his left-wing opponents could mean Arab Israeli politicians serving as cabinet members.
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"There is one place where we can apply Israeli sovereignty immediately after the elections", Netanyahu said in a televised speech.
The 2,400 square kilometer (926.65 square mile) valley accounts for almost 30 percent of the territory in the West Bank.
In a statement to the public, Netanyahu vowed to annex settlements in the Jordan Valley with the "cooperation" of the White House.
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Netanyahu made no mention of what he would do with the territory's more than 2 million Palestinian residents. "It's a historic opportunity - a one-time window of opportunity to extend Israel sovereignty over our settlements in Judea and Samaria and also other areas of importance to our security, our history and our future", he said.
Netanyahu has recently aligned himself with U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin, who he will meet with just days before the election.
The September election had to be called after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition.
He is again facing a hard challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz and his centrist Blue and White alliance. Pending a hearing, the prime minister faces indictments in three criminal cases involving fraud, bribery and breach of trust.