Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ruptly that Israeli Prime Minister's pledge to annex Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank was 'electoral propaganda'.

"The Palestinian rights and the Palestinian land have become the framework of the Israeli electoral propaganda. Therefore nothing will change the fact that Palestine is for the Palestinian people," said Barhoum during an interview in Gaza City on Wednesday.

During his speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he would annex the territory if he is re-elected in a poll next week.

"If the Palestinian position as well as the regional and international opinion approves this status quo, it [Israel] may dare to make further such decisions, which are aspects of the 'Deal of the Century' in the context of suspicious international silence that encouraged the occupation and Netanyahu to encroach on the Palestinian people and their holy sites on the ground," added Barhoum.

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea - which are currently under Israeli occupation - amount to nearly 30 percent of West Bank.

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