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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke calls Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu 'racist'

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke calls Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu 'racist'

Just you wait, good people of Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt - help is on the way, as soon as Israel signs a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority, you will no longer be gassed, maimed, imprisoned, raped and otherwise inconvenienced.

Mr Netanyahu outlined his intentions to "extend sovereignty" over the landlocked region which would further prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

According to O'Rourke, annexing parts of the West Bank "will make peace in the long term impossible" between Israel and Palestinian factions, the Washington Post reported.

Formerly the chief of the army, Gantz dismissed Netanyahu's rallying call on Monday: "The right is not in danger, Netanyahu is in danger".

Mr Cavusolglu said: "West Bank is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel in violation of worldwide law".

Netanyahu also caused alarm in America when he made a campaign promise this week to annex parts of the occupied West Bank if he were to win the election.

According to Israeli opinion polls, both Netanyahu and Gantz would fall far short of an outright majority in the 120-seat parliament, or Knesset, and would need to pull together a coalition.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited President Trump last month.

His solution? A two-state component to broker peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

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The Palestinians have been boycotting the Trump administration over its Jerusalem moves and other recent decisions they view as pro-Israel bias.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu's irresponsible statement to seek votes just before the Israeli general elections can not and will not change this fact", Cavusoglu tweeted. Settlements are seen as illegal under worldwide law, although Israel disagrees. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical and political connections to the land.

Israel has held the West Bank since capturing it from Jordan in 1967 but despite allowing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to settle there, it has never extended its sovereignty beyond the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state they are seeking. "We will move to the next stage, the imposing of Israeli sovereignty".

In March, Trump broke with decades of worldwide consensus by recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria.

United States officials have said they would unveil a long-awaited Trump administration Middle East peace plan after the Israeli election, but prospects to restart negotiations appear dim.

It would mark a dramatic shift for Netanyahu, ahead of Tuesday's balloting.

Asked in an interview on Friday on Israel's Channel 13 why he wasn't pressing Trump now to approve a West Bank settlement status change, Netanyahu replied: 'Wait until the next term'.