Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to deliver U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jordan Valley if his party secures a majority in national elections slated for March.
He made the pledge Thursday in a victory speech after winning the primary contest for leadership of his political party.
Netanyahu, who is under indictment for charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, touted his relationship with the U.S. and President Trump while celebrating victory in retaining leadership over the Likud political party.
“In the years ahead we will deliver more achievements that could have only been dreamed of,” Netanyahu said in his speech, according to The Jerusalem Post.
“We will set our final borders, bring about American recognition for Israeli control over Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and our sovereignty over every settlement in Judea and Samaria,” he said, using the biblical terms to refer to the West Bank.
About 500,000 Israelis live in communities in the West Bank that most of the international community considers illegal under international law.