Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, September 1st, once again vowed to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, in a bid to gain right-wing support ahead of a September 17th election.
Netanyahu, and his Likud party, have been striving to maximise turnout, and attract votes from other right-wing parties advocating settlement constructions, AFP has reported.
Addressing an audience at the West Bank settlement of Elkana, Netanyahu was cited as saying: "with the help of God we will apply Jewish sovereignty to all communities, as part of the (biblical) Land of Israel, and as part of the state of Israel."
Netanyahu had made the same promise before the last election in April, but the results were not of assistance to him, leaving him unable to form a viable governing coalition, and he has opted for a fresh poll for September 17th.
Israeli settlements are seen as an obstacle to peace, and as illegal under international law, and the Palestinians see as part of their future state.
Large-scale annexation could prove to be the death knell for their statehood ambitions.