Israeli PM backs settlement expansion in occupied West Bank
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his support for the Tel Aviv regime’s expropriation of Palestinian territories and expansion of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.
“I am sure that many of you have heard the claim that the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria [in the] West Bank are obstacles to peace,” Netanyahu declared in a video posted on his Facebook page on Friday.
He claimed that the settlements built across the occupied West Bank do not constitute “obstacles” to an eventual peace agreement with the Palestinians, and that he has “always been perplexed” about the related criticisms.
The Israeli prime minister went on to allege that the Palestinian leadership sought a Palestinian state on the condition that it was “a state without Jews.”
Palestinian officials have yet to comment on the Israeli prime minister’s claims.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future independent state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.