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Israel's prime minister says he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied west bank if he wins another term in office a contentious statement scene at the last minute pre election promise to appeal to hardline faces and one already in raging Palestinians and the Arab world settlement so one of the most heated issues in efforts to restart Israeli Palestinian peace talks frozen since twenty fourteen the comments came in an interview with Israeli channel twelve news three days ahead of the April ninth pole Netanyahu was almost one he had not extended sovereignty to large west bank settlement something Israel did without international recognition in East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights captured in the nineteen sixty seven Middle East war he says that we went to it well on the way and we're discussing it the incumbent set Palestinian leaders immediately reacted with anger the chief negotiator saying Israel will continue to brazenly violate international law for as long as the international community will continue to reward Israel with impunity particularly with the trump administration supports after decades of settlement building more than four hundred thousand Israelis now live in the west bank according to Israeli figures and about two point nine million Palestinians according to the Palestinian statistics bureau the Palestinians and many countries consider settlements to be illegal under the Geneva Conventions that bought settling on lands captured in war Israel disputes this citing security needs and biblical historical and political connections to the lines the Palestinians want to establish a state in the west bank East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip all tax free it's rob captured in nineteen sixty seven in March trump break with decades of international consensus by recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights territory Israel captured from Syria , it is time that followed his December twenty seventeen decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy that both moved delighted Israel , Palestinian and Arab leaders and well opposed by most US ally with trump's recent show of support it seems the Israeli leader feels emboldened advocates for annexation