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Anger at Netanyahu s West Bank annexation pledge

Arab and Muslim countries Wednesday led a wave of outcry after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex a key part of the occupied West Bank if re-elected. Netanyahu s controversial pledge involves extending Israel s sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea which account for one-third of the West Bank if he wins next week s elections. It would not include however annexing any Palestinian cities such as Jericho. The pre-election promise late Tuesday drew immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The announcement constitutes a dangerous development and a new Israeli aggression, Arab foreign ministers said. They also warned in a statement of the ramifications of these dangerous, illegal and irresponsible moves saying it would undermine the chances of progress in the peace process . Jordanian and Palestinian officials said any such measure risks ...

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