According to The Times of Israel, Merkel in a telephonic conversation with Netanyahu, congratulated him on his recent win in the election and apprised him with the relevance of a two-state solution, which she said should be the goal of his international efforts.
"I am going to apply Israeli sovereignty, but I do not distinguish between settlement blocs and isolated settlements. From my perspective, each of those settlement points is Israeli. We have the responsibility [for them] as the government of Israel. I do not uproot any, and I will not transfer them to the sovereignty of the Palestinians. I take care of them all," Times of Israel quoted Netanyahu as saying.
West Bank is a disputed territory, with Israel and Palestinians equally claiming it. Over 400,000 Jews live in West Bank settlements. Another 200,000-plus live in East Jerusalem neighbourhoods annexed by Israel after the 1967 war.
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