Netanyahu Reaffirms West Bank Annexation despite Petition of Former Security Officials

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has doubled down on his commitment to annexing the occupied West Bank after almost 300 former security officials signed a petition urging him to reconsider.

In a letter to Netanyahu, Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS) � a self-described nonpartisan body of nearly 300 retired security officials � urged the prime minister to hold a public referendum before annexing the West Bank to Israel, claiming the move would endanger security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and leave a power vacuum in the territory.

The letter wrote that CIS is united in the conviction that a two-state agreement with the Palestinians, as part of a regional security framework, is essential for Israel’s security, as well as for its future as the democratic home of the Jewish people.

Netanyahu, however, has slammed CIS’ letter, writing on Twitter that land in [the West Bank] is not only a guarantee of Israel’s security � it is also the heritage of our forefathers.

In what was seen as an attempt to appeal to right-wing voters ahead of Israel’s general election, Netanyahu last month promised to annex the occupied West Bank if he were re-elected prime minister.

Source: Palestine Chronicle