Netanyahu rules out removal of Israeli settlement from West Bank

Israeli settlements  West Bank
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Wednesday never to remove Israeli settlement from the West Bank, even in case of a possible deal with the Palestinians.


Netanyahu's remarks were made during a controversial ceremony in the settlement of Kfar Etzion to mark 50 years anniversary of the settlements, which are located on lands seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

"There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the Land of Israel," he told the audience, which was composed of right-wing settlers as well as cabinet ministers.

"Even when we removed settlements, we received missiles," he added, referring to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in the 2005 "Disengagement Plan."

Also at the ceremony, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who is also the leader of the pro-settler Jewish Home party, called on the government to annex the West Bank. "It is time to impose (Israeli) sovereignty upon our good land ... There is no better time for this, it is clear to everyone that we are rightfully here," he said.

Dozens of activists with Peace Now, a human rights group, protested outside the settlement where the ceremony was held. They held signs saying the settlements are ruining Israel and hurting any chance for peace.
 [globaltimes.cn/Xinhua]
 28/9/17

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