Palestine, Turkey denounce Netanyahu's campaign pledge to change West Bank status

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The prime minister also told journalists that he would not "divide Jerusalem" and would "make sure we control the territory west of Jordan".

An Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank is bound to snuff out any last flicker of hope for an Israeli-Palestinian deal on the terms of a Palestinian state on lands Israel captured in 1967.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins the upcoming general election. In the video posted on social media sites, the prime minister asked voters to "Return to the Likud".

Netanyahu said he informed Trump not "even one person" would be evicted from a settlement, telling Channel 13 he doubted such a request would be made.

Rivlin, condemned the remarks of the Prime Minister by calling them calling them a "despicable attempt to harm the public's trust in the president's decision after the elections". The answer is yes.

"The question you're asking is an interesting one: Will we move on now to the next stage?" he said. "I am going to extend (Israeli) sovereignty and I don't distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlements". "From my perspective, any point of settlement is Israeli, and we have responsibility, as the Israeli government".

The U.S. State Department declined to comment on Netanyahu's statement.

In an interview with Israel's Channel 12 News, Netanyahu promised to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if elected for another term next week.

The Palestinians say the United States government's pro-Israel bias meant it could no longer lead peace negotiations between them and Israel, while U.S. officials argue their plan will be fair.

Settlements built on land occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War are deemed illegal by the global community and their ongoing construction is seen as a major barrier to peace.

Last year Bin Alawi told a regional conference in Bahrain it might be "time for Israel to be treated the same (as states in the Middle East) and also bear the same obligations". The West Bank is under Israeli military jurisdiction, although settlers are subject to civilian law, as Israeli citizens.

More than 400,000 Israelis live in West Bank settlements, while a further 200,000 live in settlements in occupied east Jerusalem.

Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator for the Palestine Liberation Organization, criticized Netanyahu's statement on Saturday.

"Israel will continue to brazenly violate worldwide law for as long as the global community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump administration's support and endorsement of Israel's violation of the national and human rights of the people of Palestine", he said in a statement.

Netanyahu's political campaign has emphasized his close ties with President Trump, Estrin reports.

In March, President Trump broke with decades of global consensus by recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu's irresponsible statement to seek votes just before the Israeli general elections can not and will not change this fact", Cavusoglu tweeted.

Israel Katz, the acting foreign minister and a member of Netanyahu's Likud party, said its "great fear" was a split in the right-wing vote that would result in a second-place finish behind the centrist Blue and White faction.

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