Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, Friday, a series of wide-ranging plans, including achieving American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank.
Netanyahu's announcement comes after his major victory in the primaries for the right-wing Likud party, which garnered about 72.5% of the vote.
"We will fight for the United States to recognize our sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and all the settlements in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)," Netanyahu said in his election victory speech delivered today to his supporters.
Netanyahu spoke of a "historic defense agreement" with the United States, if his party wins the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2, 2020.
Netanyahu added that his country "will stop Iran permanently", as well as seeking to conclude peace agreements with Arab countries.
Local Israeli media, including the "Times of Israel" newspaper, reported in the early hours of this morning that Gideon Sa'ar, Netanyahu's only competitor to lead the Likud, had obtained 27.5 percent of the vote.
The primaries for the Likud party were held in light of the political deadlock that has paralyzed Israel for several months, so that the country will witness parliamentary elections for the third time in less than a year.
Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White Party (center party), have not succeeded in forming a coalition government.