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UPSC Current Affairs – 08-04-2019

Netanyahu pledges to annex West Bank settlements after vote

In News:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins elections, a deeply controversial move that could prove to be the death knell for the two-state solution.

In Brief:

  • . His comments could be seen as an appeal to right-wing voters who do not believe in the feasibility of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
  •  He said that he will apply the Israeli Sovereignty,but he doesn’t distinguish between settlement blocks and isolated settlements.
  •  He did not provide details on how quickly he planned to move ahead with it and whether it would involve all settlements.
  •  If done on a large-scale, annexation could end already fading hopes for a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
  •  Settlements built on land occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War are deemed illegal by the international community and their ongoing construction is seen as a major barrier to peace.
  • 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’s support according to the government sources. MAP: Work out the map.

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