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Israeli lawmaker Bar-Lev to i24NEWS: Israel 'closer to apartheid every day'

Lawmaker Omer Bar-Lev on i24NEWS
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Candidate to lead Labor says annexation of West Bank will lead to an apartheid state

Israeli lawmaker Omer Bar-Lev told i24NEWS on Sunday that annexing the West Bank would lead to "apartheid", a week after Israeli legislator Miki Zohar defended such a move while appearing on the channel.

"We are surely getting closer to it every day," said Bar-Lev, a member of the Labor Party.

Bar-Lev added that it might "sound weird", but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to stop it – because he understands the international community would not accept annexation.

Bar-Lev has announced that he will run to head Labor in the party's primaries, set for July 3.

He is a member of a dozen committees in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, including acting as chair of the Subcommittee for Personnel in the IDF.

Bar-Lev served as the commander of the Israeli military's elite "Sayeret Matkal" unit for four years. He retired from the army as a colonel in 1994.

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