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Israel's Gantz tells army to prep for annexing West Bank

Israel's Gantz tells army to prep for annexing West Bank Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: June 01, 2020 01:56 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel’s defense minister has urged its military to hasten preparations for the country’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank. Benny Gantz's office put out a statement Monday that appeared to command the Israeli army to prepare for the fallout from annexation.

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Gantz asked the military chief of staff to “speed up the (military’s) preparedness ahead of political steps on the agenda in the Palestinian sphere.”

The statement gave no further details.

The statement came as the United Arab Emirates called on Israel to halt its plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
 

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