[Ed. – A major announcement. As usual, there will be prophecies of apocalypse and doom over this. Objectively, they’ll be overblown. It’s conceivable the comment from Netanyahu could incentivize the PA, to the extent it has a coherent leadership, to become more amenable to a peace agreement. Not holding my breath, however. Interesting times.]
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would extend Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank if re-elected on Tuesday, a major policy shift that would stir Arab opposition and test President Trump’s push for regional peace.
Just three days before Israelis vote on whether he should get a fifth term, Mr. Netanyahu said on Saturday he was contemplating moves that would upend decades of Israel’s policy acknowledging that the lands it seized in the 1967 war would be part of a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.
The Israeli prime minister’s apparent push to cement control over the West Bank comes in the wake of victories in getting the U.S. to acknowledge Jerusalem as the country’s capital and its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria.