Netanyahu Endorses Annexation?

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to endorse some form of annexation on Wednesday, telling settler leaders he would not evacuate a single settlement.

"No communities will be uprooted. Not those of Jews, and by the way, not those of Arabs either. We don’t uproot people," Netanyahu said at an event in Revava, located in Samaria, according to the Times of Israel.

“We’re through with that nonsense. Israel under my leadership hasn’t returned and won’t return to the mistakes of the past," he added.

“We shall not allow the dismantling of any settlement in any peace plan,” he said, apparently reassuraing settler fears about the upcoming Trump peace initiative.

“I also make no distinction between the settlement blocs and isolated settlement sites,” Netanyahu emphasized. “Every such spot is Israeli from my point of view.”

His comments echo a pledge made during the last election campaign, in which he said he would pursue annexation in stages.

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