'We Want This Place to Be Owned by Jews', Israeli Settlers Oppose Palestinian State

Published June 28th, 2020 - 07:20 GMT

The 450,000 Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank hold often violent relations with the Palestinians.

From July 1, the Israeli government aims to take its first steps toward implementing part of a US-proposed Middle East peace plan that paves the way for annexing key parts of the West Bank, including settlements long considered illegal by the majority of the international community.

The controversial plan also envisions the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory and the Palestinians have rejected it outright. As for annexation, they are 'obviously in favour'.

Above the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the wildcat outpost Givat Arnon is home to 27 Israeli families, both secular and observant Jews.

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A girl swings at a park in the Israeli Yitzhar settlement south of the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied the West Bank on June 22, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1.The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jeru

A girl swings at a park in the Israeli Yitzhar settlement south of the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied the West Bank on June 22, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1.The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

An Israeli settler wearing the Tefillin or phylacteries is picture at his home in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, a

An Israeli settler wearing the Tefillin or phylacteries is picture at his home in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israeli children from the nearby settlement of Shilo are pictured at a water spring on June 8, 2020 near the Palestinian village of Turmus‘ayya in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand

Israeli children from the nearby settlement of Shilo are pictured at a water spring on June 8, 2020 near the Palestinian village of Turmus‘ayya in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

A picture taken from the Israeli settlement of Naale in the occupied West Bank northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah shows the skyline of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 17, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and wit

A picture taken from the Israeli settlement of Naale in the occupied West Bank northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah shows the skyline of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 17, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israelis looks at a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestin

Israelis looks at a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

A picture shows the Israeli Ma'ale Efrayim settlement on June 22, 2020 in the Judean desert in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AF

A picture shows the Israeli Ma'ale Efrayim settlement on June 22, 2020 in the Judean desert in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

An Israeli settler woman walks with children in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core dema

An Israeli settler woman walks with children in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Young women walk a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestini

Young women walk a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

A picture shows the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, on June 18, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

A picture shows the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, on June 18, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

A girl swings at a park in the Israeli Yitzhar settlement south of the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied the West Bank on June 22, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1.The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jeru
An Israeli settler wearing the Tefillin or phylacteries is picture at his home in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, a
Israeli children from the nearby settlement of Shilo are pictured at a water spring on June 8, 2020 near the Palestinian village of Turmus‘ayya in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand
A picture taken from the Israeli settlement of Naale in the occupied West Bank northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah shows the skyline of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 17, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and wit
Israelis looks at a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestin
A picture shows the Israeli Ma'ale Efrayim settlement on June 22, 2020 in the Judean desert in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AF
An Israeli settler woman walks with children in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core dema
Young women walk a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestini
A picture shows the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, on June 18, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
A girl swings at a park in the Israeli Yitzhar settlement south of the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied the West Bank on June 22, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1.The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jeru
A girl swings at a park in the Israeli Yitzhar settlement south of the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied the West Bank on June 22, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1.The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
An Israeli settler wearing the Tefillin or phylacteries is picture at his home in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, a
An Israeli settler wearing the Tefillin or phylacteries is picture at his home in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Israeli children from the nearby settlement of Shilo are pictured at a water spring on June 8, 2020 near the Palestinian village of Turmus‘ayya in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand
Israeli children from the nearby settlement of Shilo are pictured at a water spring on June 8, 2020 near the Palestinian village of Turmus‘ayya in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
A picture taken from the Israeli settlement of Naale in the occupied West Bank northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah shows the skyline of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 17, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and wit
A picture taken from the Israeli settlement of Naale in the occupied West Bank northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah shows the skyline of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 17, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Israelis looks at a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestin
Israelis looks at a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
A picture shows the Israeli Ma'ale Efrayim settlement on June 22, 2020 in the Judean desert in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AF
A picture shows the Israeli Ma'ale Efrayim settlement on June 22, 2020 in the Judean desert in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
An Israeli settler woman walks with children in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core dema
An Israeli settler woman walks with children in the Maoz Ester outpost located next to the Israeli settlement of Kokhav HaShahar in the occupied West Bank on June 18, 2020. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Young women walk a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestini
Young women walk a herd of sheep belonging to settlers from a nearby outpost of Itamar settlement, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus, on June 8, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
A picture shows the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, on June 18, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
A picture shows the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Kramim, on June 18, 2020 in the occupied West Bank. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it could begin the process to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley from July 1. The plan -- endorsed by Washington -- would see the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory, and without Palestinians' core demand of a capital in east Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP