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Israel may move to annex a big chunk of the West Bank soon, derailing hopes for a Palestinian state

JERICHO, West Bank - In this sun-baked biblical oasis, Palestinians are bracing for what they fear will be Israel's boldest territorial claim ever outside of war.

"We will stay here whatever they do - we are not leaving our land," said Ahmad Yagi, a teacher in his 50s in Aqabat Jaber, a nearby Palestinian refugee camp.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that as soon as Wednesday, Israel may move to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, home to sites sacred to the major monotheistic religions and the heartland of what many Palestinians and much of the rest of the world have long hoped

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