The Israeli occupation government announced it would vote next Sunday on annexing 30 percent of the occupied West Bank, a move that comes immediately after US president Donald Trump rolled out his pro-Israel peace plan.
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said he would move forward on Sunday and ask his cabinet to approve plans to annex vast tracts of the West Bank and Jerusalem territory as well as the entire occupied Jordan Valley.
Netanyahu’s government also signaled its annexation plans might not need to be approved by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and that only the cabinet needs to sign them off.
“Basically, this is the lifting of martial law and the implementation of Israeli law,” an Israeli government official told The Washington Post. “This does not require a Knesset decision.”
The announcement of the intended vote came shortly after Trump’s unveiling of his peace plan, which has given the occupation state the green light to annex the Jordan Valley and the lands of the illegal settlements and to step up its Judaization and ethnic cleansing activities in the holy city.