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Israeli Cabinet Will Vote to Apply Sovereignty to Part of West Bank

Israeli Cabinet Will Vote to Apply Sovereignty to Part of West Bank

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would move Sunday to apply Israeli sovereignty to the strategically vital Jordan Valley and to all Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

The move, which was blessed by President Trump and administration officials on Tuesday, is tantamount to annexation.

It could apply to up to 30 percent of the West Bank, occupied territory that Israel seized from Jordan in the 1967 war that Palestinians wanted for their future state.

Mr. Netanyahu told Israeli reporters in Washington that his cabinet would vote on the measure on Sunday. The decision could still be subject to legal challenges because the current cabinet is an interim government.

The green light from the White House outraged Israeli supporters of a more generous accommodation with the Palestinians and alarmed those who have warned that any annexation could set off a dangerous chain reaction leading to renewed violence.

“It’s worse than any of us could anticipate,” said Nimrod Novik, a longtime Israeli peace negotiator and former aide to Shimon Peres.


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