Israeli PM vows to annex occupied Jordan Valley if re-elected

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JERUSALEM, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he will annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank right after Israel's Sept. 17 election, if he wins re-election.

"I intend to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea immediately after the elections," Netanyahu said in a televised speech, surrounded by the ministers from his Likud party.

He added that the move will be the "first step" towards a broader annexation of the Palestinian territories of West Bank, which would be made after US President Donald Trump presents the US plan for the Israeli-Palestinian peace, also known as the "Deal of the Century."