Israel is considering annexing major West Bank settlement blocs if the Palestinians unilaterally seek world recognition of a state, an Israeli official said Tuesday — a move that would deal a grave blow to any prospects for peacemaking with the Palestinians.
The government official who disclosed the possible annexation said he did not know how seriously authorities were considering the option. But he said that “adopting unilateral measures is not a one-way street” and added that other options were also being considered.
Others could include restricting water supplies beyond agreed-upon amounts and restricting Palestinian use of Israeli ports for business purposes, he said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was aware of the moves being discussed, he added, speaking on condition of anonymity because no final decisions have been made.