Israel’s New Government To Strengthen West Bank, Jerusalem Policies

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Ahead of its swearing-in, Israel’s incoming government with Benjamin Netanyahu once again as prime minister, has pledged to add portions of the West Bank to Israeli sovereignty as part of the coalition agreement between Likud and the Religious Zionist party. The government has also agreed to develop Judea and Samaria, often referred to as “Area C” of the West Bank. The same policy agreements also spoke of strengthening Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital and also to further develop the Golan Heights which was captured from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981.