Minister Urges Israel to Begin Annexing Parts of West Bank

Naftali Bennett
The Associated Press

The Times of Israel reports: Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday called for Israel to start taking steps toward annexing parts of the West Bank while helping the Palestinian Authority establish “autonomy on steroids” in other parts of the territory.

Bennett, leader of the hard-line Jewish Home party, said Israel should start by extending sovereignty to the Etzion bloc or Ma’ale Adumim, two settlement areas outside Jerusalem which Israel says it would like to hold onto in any future agreement with the Palestinians.

“I think the time is right to do this. We did this in 1967 in Jerusalem, we did so in 1981 with the Golan Heights,” Bennett told Israeli news site Ynet.

He said his view was not shared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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