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Arab nations condemn Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley annexation plan

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday laid out plans to annex about one third of the occupied West Bank if he receives a strong mandate from Israeli voters at the general election next week. The announcement is likely to fuel tensions in the region that have already been increasing over the past weeks, with Israel carrying out attacks on four different countries in the Middle East, all allies of Iran.

Palestinian leaders said the planned annexation, which would apply to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, would be illegal and would “bury any chance of peace.” Jordan and Saudi Arabia also condemned the plan, while the United Nations emphasized that the annexation would have “no international legal effect.”

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Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of OODA LLC, the technology research and advisory firm with a focus on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity which publishes OODALoop.com and CTOvision.com. Bob is the author of the book The Cyber Threat. Bob has been an advisor to dozens of successful high tech startups and has conducted enterprise cybersecurity assessments for businesses in multiple sectors of the economy. He was a career Naval Intelligence Officer and is the former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency.