he United States is aware of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to annex West Bank settlements and his rejection of full Palestinian statehood, Netanyahu told Israeli media on Sunday as he continued to expand on his historic announcement regarding Israeli sovereignty.
In an interview with Arutz 7, Netanyahu spoke of a three-stage plan with regard to the West Bank, the third stage of which “is to apply Israeli law to the communities in Judea and Samaria, which we will do in the next term. I want to do it gradually. I want to do it if possible with American support.”
When pressed whether the White House knew of his plans, Netanyahu said, “Sure.” Asked about the Trump administration’s response to the plan, he answered, “They will react as they will react. We will see. These are my principles.”
Netanyahu reiterated his pledge not to uproot settlements or settlers. “If we do not tear out the settlers, then who are they going to live under? They are going to be under Palestinian sovereignty? That is dead.”
Those who live in the settlements, “will be under Israeli sovereignty,” he said.
In an interview with Army Radio, the prime minister clarified that he does not intend to annex all of the West Bank, just the places in Area C where the settlements are located.
The Palestinians will govern themselves, but they will not have security control, he added.
“A Palestinian state will not be created, not like the one people are talking about. It won’t happen.”
When Netanyahu first took office in 2009, he gave a foreign policy speech at Bar-Ilan University in which he spoke of his support for an Israeli and Palestinian state living side by side. He did not define the borders of that entity, and was careful to explain that his vision was of a demilitarized Palestinian state.
Prior to the last election, Netanyahu said he did not believe a Palestinian state would be created during his next government.
On Sunday, he told Arutz 7: “The Palestinians can have all the powers to govern themselves, but none to threaten us, which means we maintain security control. We don’t uproot anyone. We don’t divide Jerusalem.... Read More: JPost