Israel PM Seeks to Annex Parts of West Bank ‘In Coordination’ With US

The move, an apparent last-ditch attempt to attract right-wing voters before Israel heads to the polls in an unprecedented repeat election next week, risks shattering the fragile status quo in the volatile region.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he may annex the Jordan Valley and other parts of the occupied West Bank "in coordination" with the United States — a move that risks shattering the fragile status quo in the volatile region, NBC News reported. 

"This is a historic opportunity to apply sovereignty to communities in Judea and Samaria," he told reporters in Jerusalem Tuesday, referring to the West Bank. 

"I request a mandate to apply Jewish sovereignty to all communities and I intend to do so in coordination with the United States," he said, adding that the U.S. would present its long-awaited Israel-Palestinian peace plan a few days after the election. 

The announcement was an apparent last-ditch attempt to attract right-wing voters before Israel heads to the polls in an unprecedented repeat election next week. Parliament was dissolved following an April vote in which Netanyahu failed to cobble together a government.

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