Facing a possible dead-heat election next Tuesday and clamoring to hold onto power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that if he is reelected next week, he would annex parts of the occupied West Bank, lands already claimed by Palestine for a future independent state.
The insidious antic by Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, was obviously made to appeal to right-wing leaning Israelis and to Israeli right-wing parties, with whom he might need in order to hang onto power and to form a new government. Poll news reveal that his party is virtually tied with the opposition Blue and White party ahead of next Tuesday's elections in Israel.
Netanyahu said he would annex and deliver unto Israeli sovereignty the occupied lands of the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea - lands held by Israel since 1967, but claimed by Palestine as part of their future independent state. All of the West Bank is claimed by Palestine.
Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat, according to the BBC-News, declared that such Israeli antics would "bury any chance of peace" and in the absence of peace, there is conflict - a ramification of Netanyahu's brash attempt to stay in power.
Given the present impoverished state of Palestine, the massive firepower of the Israeli Defense Force, the support of United States (US) President Donald Trump support for Netanyahu, the non-brotherhood state of the Egyptian regime and the human rights questionable regime in Turkey, Netanyahu stands to get his wishes if victorious at the Israeli polls.
Until a worthy protector of the Palestinian people and of Palestinian lands emerges, power hungry men like Benjamin Netanyahu would continue stir up conflict along a path to attaining and to retaining political power.