Israel PM vows to annex West Bank settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to students during a ceremony opening the school year in the Jewish settlement of Elkana in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (File/Reuters)
Updated 01 September 2019

Israel PM vows to annex West Bank settlements

  • Netanyahu says there “will be no more displacements” and all the communities will be “part of the state of Israel.”
  • More than 600,000 Israelis live on war-won land, two-thirds of them in the West Bank

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reaffirming his pledge to impose Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements.

Speaking Sunday at a ceremony opening the new school year in the settlement of Elkana, Netanyahu says there “will be no more displacements” and all the communities will be “part of the state of Israel.” Such a move would be a sharp departure from long-standing Israeli government policy. Netanyahu made a similar pledge to begin annexing part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank on the eve of April elections this year but did not act on it.

With just over two weeks to go to repeat elections, Netanyahu looks to be seeking to shore up his right-wing base again. More than 600,000 Israelis live on war-won land, two-thirds of them in the West Bank.


Iran: US bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles

Updated 15 September 2019

Iran: US bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles

  • Iran has always been ready for a ‘full-fledged’ war: Revolutionary Guards commander

DUBAI: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers were within range of Iranian missiles, a day after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group attacked two Saudi Aramco plants.
“Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers in a distance of up to 2,000 kilometers around Iran are within the range of our missiles,” said the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force Amirali Hajjizadeh.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency also quoted him saying that “Iran has always been ready for a “full-fledged” war.”