Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Palestinians should be granted Israeli citizenship should Israel annex the West Bank

Speaking at the pro-settlement B’Sheva Jerusalem Conference on Monday, Rivlin said that “Zion is entirely ours,” including the territory where Palestinians hope to build a state. Rivlin warned against a piecemeal annexation of settlements, like an upcoming bill that would annex the large Jerusalem-area settlement Maale Adumim. Instead, he gave cautious support to full annexation, so long as it included full citizenship rights to Palestinians.“Applying sovereignty to an area gives citizenship to all those living there,” he said. “There is no [separate] law for Israelis and for non-Israelis.” Rivlin has been sharply critical of Israel’s newly-passed law that retroactively legalizes settlements built on private Palestinian land, saying it will make Israel look like an “apartheid state.”

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