TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would annex the occupied Palestinian region of West Bank if he wins another term in office.

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In an interview with Israeli Channel 12 News three days ahead of the April 9 poll, Netanyahu was asked why he had not expanded Israel’s illegal annexations to cover the West Bank, a land currently accommodated by settlers which the Israeli regime occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

He answered, “Who says that we won’t do it? We are on the way and we are discussing it”.

“You are asking whether we are moving on to the next stage – the answer is yes, we will move to the next stage. I am going to extend (Israeli) sovereignty and I don’t distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlements.”

The comments come following a controversial move by the United States to recognize Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan.

Netanyahu had previously said that the fate of the West Bank, where the Palestinian government has its sit of power in the capital Ramallah, should be decided in talks with the Palestinians who seek to establish their own state in the territory.