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Right-wing Israeli minister urges annexation of occupied West Bank

The Minister of Heritage Israelthe far-right Amichai Eliyahu, today urged the government to annex the occupied Palestinian territory of west bankand affirmed that the so-called “Green Line”, which separates it from the Israeli State, is “fictitious”.

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“Actually, I don’t think there is a Green Line. It is a fictional line. This is our homeland and this is where the Jewish people arose. We should impose Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.”Eliyahu said today in an interview with Army Radio, using the historical-biblical name of west bank.

According to the minister, Israel should scrap the idea of ​​two states and go ahead with annexation “as soon as possible and in the smartest way possible.”

“We should start saying this loud and clear everywhere, to encourage international recognition that this place is ours”indicated eliyahuof the ultranationalist and supremacist party Can Jewwhich has its main voter base among the settler movement, Jewish Israelis living in occupied west bank in illegal settlements according to the international community.

The current government of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is supported by ultra-orthodox and ultra-right parties, aligned with the ideology of religious Zionism and supporters of the annexation of west bankan aspect that appeared in the coalition agreements, although they are not binding.

The Green Line demarcated the border between Israel and its Arab neighbors in the 1949 armistice, after the first Arab-Israeli war, which broke out in 1948 after the creation of the State of Israel.

In the War of the six days from 1967, Israel occupied the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Later he annexed the golan and the eastern half of Jerusalemwhile maintaining a prolonged military occupation of west bank.

In 2019, Netanyahu promoted a plan to expand Israeli sovereignty, a de facto annexation, to all settlements in west bank and the valley of Jordan; but he postponed that project as part of the agreement to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates in 2020.

Source: Elcomercio

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