Jerusalem— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would annex  West Bank territory if re-elected next week, in a brazen ploy to bag right-wing votes ahead of the expected knife-edge vote.

The Trump administration will unveil its plan for Middle East peace days after Israel’s September 17 election, and that presents Israel with “a historic, onetime chance to extend Israeli sovereignty over our settlements in Judea and Samaria, and also to other areas important to our security, our heritage, and our future”, he said.

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