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Annexing West Bank ‘only sane plan’ – Israeli Finance Minister

Published time: June 09, 2014 15:49
An ultra-Orthodox Jew walks in Ramat Shlomo, a religious Jewish settlement in an area of the occupied West Bank Israel annexed to Jerusalem, June 5, 2014. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

An ultra-Orthodox Jew walks in Ramat Shlomo, a religious Jewish settlement in an area of the occupied West Bank Israel annexed to Jerusalem, June 5, 2014. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Taking over the West Bank is the “only sane plan”, even if it tears the Israeli government in two, Finance Minister Naftali Bennett has declared. The opposition threatens to topple the cabinet if it extends Israeli sovereignty over any settlements.

“It’s no secret that for dozens of years there has been a chasm [between us] on how to leave the settlements. It hasn’t proven itself,” Bennett said on Army Radio, whose Jewish Home party is strongly opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Bennett said that his proposal Sunday to grab some 60 percent of the West Bank is the “only sane plan.”

The government has been contemplating a unilateral action at the territories following the collapse of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority earlier this year. Peace talks stopped after Israel failed to keep a pledge to release a final batch of Palestinian prisoners. But in April, Netanyahu blamed Palestinian leaders for the breakdown in relations.

Israel's Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Previously, Israel has repeatedly held back from annexing the West Bank. Since Israel captured the occupied territories in 1967, more than 350,000 Jews have settled there alongside some 2.3 million Palestinians.

The renewed rhetoric sparked a scandal. PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s primary coalition partner has threatened to leave the government if Israel attempts to exert sovereignty over settlements.

“If there is an attempt to annex even one settlement unilaterally, Yesh Atid won’t just pull out of the coalition, it will topple it,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned. His centrist Yesh Atid has 19 seats, and the Netanyahu-led coalition would not have a majority without it.

Following the breakdown of peace talks, Palestine formally joined five UN human rights treaties to press its sovereignty. Also a week ago, Hamas, which Israel deems a terrorist organization, formed the unity government with Fatah. In response to that Israel announced plans for building new settler homes.

Comments (12)

 

Raja Kumar 11.06.2014 13:37

[quote name='LisaAgnes' time='10.06.2014 02:48']

Exc ept Lisa Russians formed the majority of the people there for hundreds of years yes the Crimean Tatars are more native to that land but we are talking hundreds of years meanwhile Israel are still the minority and are increasingly losing the wests support.

 

Raja Kumar 11.06.2014 13:35

annie fofani 10.06.2014 05:47

your headline is wrong. the photo shows and identifies the finance minister Yair Lapid. however the article quotes Naftali Bennet, the Minister of the Economy. They are definitely 2 different people.

  


Why would there need to be two people doing basically the same thing?

 

annie fofani 10.06.2014 05:47

your headline is wrong. the photo shows and identifies the finance minister Yair Lapid. however the article quotes Naftali Bennet, the Minister of the Economy. They are definitely 2 different people.

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