Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he gets re-elected in the elections set to take place this week.
"You are asking whether we will move on to the next stage. The answer is yes," Netanyahu said in an interview with Israel's Channel 12.
When asked why he had not already annexed some of the larger settlements, he said: "Who says that we won’t do it? We are on the way and we are discussing it."
"I am going to extend [Israeli] sovereignty and I don't distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlements."
"From my perspective, any point of settlement is Israeli, and we have responsibility, as the Israeli government. I will not uproot anyone, and I will not transfer sovereignty to the Palestinians."
Last month the U.S. recognized the occupied Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967, as Israeli territory.