Brownback endorses West Bank annexation


Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), a long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, reportedly endorsed a plan to extend Israeli sovereignty to the West Bank.

“This is a realistic proposal and different way forward,” Brownback said of a plan proposed by Knesset member Benny Elon of the National Union/National Religious Party, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. The plan would annex the West Bank to Israel and make Jordan the sole representative of the Palestinians.

Brownback objected to parts of the plan, the Jerusalem Post said, particularly the proposal to dismantle the Palestinian Authority. However, he called the plan “bold, aggressive, clear and workable” and said “land for peace does not work.”

Jordan has long rejected proposals that would make it responsible for Palestinians.

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