The head of a messianic Jewish ministry doubts that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will follow through on West Bank annexation plans.
Netanyahu has vowed to extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley if he is re-elected next week, which would mean annexing Jewish settlements.
Critics of his purported plan claims such action could inflame the Middle East and eliminate any remaining Palestinian hope of establishing a separate state.
Saudi Arabia denounced the idea as a "very dangerous escalation” in the region.
Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries says Netanyahu has made similar pledges to annex West Bank settlements before and did not follow through.
“Benjamin Netanyahu is using this as an election gimmick to get some votes from the right-winger folks,” she tells OneNewsNow.
Regarding opposition from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Markell calls it a “reluctant ally” of Israel that is trying to “save their own skin” in the ongoing face-off with Iran over nuclear weapons.
Asked about Netanyahu’s re-election chances, the Middle East analyst says Israeli voters are in “turmoil” much like the U.S. thanks to the media, so the outcome is unknown.