In the interview on Israeli TV Channel 12, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to extend Israeli sovereignty over the settlements in the West Bank if he is re-elected on April 9th. He also promised to permanently maintain full control over security in the entire West Bank.
The population in Israeli settlements number just over 400,000 Israeli Jews. ”These would include not only large settlement blocs but also isolated settlements” he said.
Netanyahu completely rejected the idea of a Palestinian state by stating that “it will endanger our existence. I withstood huge pressure over the past eight years, no prime minister has withstood such pressure. We must control our destiny”.
In the interview, Netanyahu was asked why he did not annex the settlements, during his first twelve years in office?
”Will we move ahead to the next stage? Yes. I will extend sovereignty but I don’t distinguish between the settlement blocs and the isolated ones, because each settlement is Israeli and I will not hand it over to Palestinian sovereignty” he replied.