Polls say I’ll lose, says Netanyahu

LAND GRAB: Netanyahu demonstrates to reporters the land including West Bank settlements he wants to begin annexing if he wins next week’s election

BENJAMIN Netanyahu revealed yesterday that his own internal polls indicate that he will not win next Tuesday’s general election in Israel.

He lamented that too many voters who want him to be prime minister either will not vote or will vote for one of Likud's satellite parties.

Netanyahu blamed attorney-general Avichai Mandelblit’s attempt to prevent him from annexing the Jordan Valley, which he announced this week he wants to do.

The prime minister added that if he did win the election, his first call to form a coalition would be to Yamina leader Ayelet Shaked.

If he is returned to office, he said he would apply “Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea” — a policy certain to be backed by the right-wing parties whose support he would need for a coalition.

Netanyahu presented the move as a historic “one-time opportunity” to favourably redraw Israel’s borders. The Jordan Valley makes up about a quarter of the West Bank, which is the centerpiece of any future Palestinian state.

The prime minister also said he would annex all Jewish settlements in the West Bank, but this would need to wait until the publication of American President Donald Trump's long-awaited plan for a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

“I will not do anything without getting a clear mandate from the public and so, citizens of Israel, I ask you for a clear mandate to do this,” he added.

“This will ensure that Judea and Samaria do not become Gaza, and that Kfar Saba, Netanya and Tel Aviv will not become like communities along the border of Gaza.”

He hinted that the plan had been co-ordinated with America.

Sources close to Netanyahu said that Israel keeping the Jordan Valley is in Trump’s plan.

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