“Without the approval of the United States president, I will not be applying sovereignty – and I have said that from the first moment,” Netanyahu told Channel 12 in an interview aired late Saturday.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin @Netanyahu still intends to move forward with the annexation of West Bank settlements, but will not do it without US President @JoeBiden's approval.— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) March 16, 2021
Reporting by @tovahlazaroff | #Israelhttps://t.co/f5cE3d4SBl
Although Biden is vehemently opposed to any annexation plan, Netanyahu said that the scheme would still move forward.
“I still intend to do it,” Netanyahu said, but without giving a timeline for the annexation.
Netanyahu had planned to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in July last year under an agreement with his coalition partner, Defense Minister Benny Gantz. The Israeli premier, however, failed to implement the plan amid differences with his coalition partners and the former Donald Trump administration.
The notion that the UAE took annexation off the table was always a hoax, on both the conceptual and the actual levels. https://t.co/jb2NCIgJEF— Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין (@MairavZ) March 14, 2021
On Tuesday, Israelis will cast ballot in the country’s general elections in which opinion polls predicted that Netanyahu would face difficulty gaining the simple majority to form a government.
If Netanyahu or his rivals fail to secure the required majority to form the government, Israel will probably go for a fifth round of elections.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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