Likud continues to pressure Netanyahu: Apply Israeli sovereignty over West Bank

Several ministers and lawmakers of Israel’s ruling party signed a draft resolution written by the Likud Central Committee, calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to apply Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, just a week before U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the region.
West Bank settlement Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gurshon (Government Press Office)/Channel 2 News

Likud ministers and lawmakers signed a draft resolution written by the party’s central committee, calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to apply Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank. The draft resolution comes amid the right-wing voters’ fears about a possible diplomatic agreement with the Palestinians about the area. Many in the Likud are worried that during his upcoming visit to Israel, U.S. President Donald Trump will persuade Netanyahu to begin a diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

About 800 Likud Central Committee members signed the draft resolution, which is based on the bill that was advanced by MK David Bitan and MK Shuli Mualem. “On the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the areas of Judea and Samaria, including Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee is calling on the party’s elected officials to work in order to allow unrestricted construction and the application of Israeli laws and sovereignty over all the liberated areas of the settlements in Judea and Samaria.”

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According to the guidelines, the Likud Central Committee will convene in another month in order to vote on the draft resolution. Among the ministers and MKs who signed the draft resolution are Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Yoav Kish, Ayoob Kara, Oren Hazan, Yehuda Glick and Avraham Neguise.

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