Netanyahu Supports Annexing 19 Illegal Settlements

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Netanyahu Supports Annexing 19 Illegal Settlements

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Pending Knesset legislation calls for it. During a Tuesday visit to the illegal Maale Adumim settlement close to Jerusalem, Netanyahu blustered:

"I support this law of Greater Jerusalem, which will enable Jerusalem and its communities to develop in many aspects. This is a great and important news."

"Maale Adumim will always be part of Israel…I am also weighing placing (it) within the boundaries of Greater Jerusalem within the context of the Greater Jerusalem bill."

The measure seeks to extend greater Jerusalem's boundaries. If enacted, 19 illegal settlements would be within its municipality, annexing them.

In July 1980, Israel's Knesset passed the Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel. It's recognized by the world community as an international city, not Israel's self-declared capital.

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