Israel's annexation moves

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem al-Quds on January 3, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

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Israel's annexation moves

It’s been described as another provocative move by the Israeli regime and its officials. A group of members of the Israeli Knesset have introduced a bill that would cancel a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict and demand the outright annexation of Palestinian lands. The bill has been introduced by the right-wing Bayit Yehudi party. The plan is titled “Israel’s decisive plan for a Jewish state and an end to the conflict”. It rules out a Palestinian state and calls for Israel to take immediate steps to prevent a two-state solution. It also demands the full annexation of Judea and Samaria and transferring tens of thousands of settlers there. The Bayit Yehudi party has called it a victory by settlement. Under the controversial plan, Arab citizens of Israel would be given two choices: declare their loyalty to Israel or immigrate to another country.

Daesh threatens Hamas

The Daesh terrorist group has declared war on the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. Daesh’s offshoot in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has taken a dispute with Hamas in nearby Gaza to new levels. The terror group has released a 22-minute video in which it calls on its followers to attack Hamas and shows the execution of a man it describes as a collaborator. the footage’s knife-wielding narrator says: “Never surrender to them. Use explosives, silenced pistols, and sticky bombs. Bomb their courts and their security locations, for these are the pillars of tyranny that prop up its throne.” Analysts believe that the escalation might destabilize the security situation in the Gaza Strip, which is under Hamas’s control. This would benefit Israel which has imposed an all-out siege on Gaza and sees Hamas as its nemesis.

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