After the recent turn of events in Israel, with Israeli President Netanyahu’s pledge to formalize de facto Israeli control over Jordan Valley, provoking uneasiness among Palestinian residents, has been termed by observers as Netanyahu’s campaign stunt ahead of next week’s general elections.A small Palestinian village called Ras Ain al-Auja, located in between the sprawling arid lands of the Jordan Valley, which stretches north of the Dead Sea and west of West Bank’s borders with the Jordan, consisting of around 350 residents have raised their concerns saying Netanyahu’s words are threatening as his plan would formalize the illegitimate Israeli control over that area along with many others. If Benjamin Netanyahu goes through with his plan which was announced on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley along with the areas north of the Dead Sea, the village along with its fertile farmlands would become part of Israel. The villagers exclaimed that it’s a forceful occupation of their lands.”This is not new. Our lands have already been annexed and we are living under Israeli occupation,” 48-year-old Ahmed Atiyat, a farmer in Ras Ain al-Auja, told a news agency.”All these lands and palm trees belong to the Israelis,” he said pointing across stretches of farmland dotted with green shrubbery and date palm trees extending towards the Dead Sea.According to reports, Netanyahu’s plan to annex parts of Jordan Valley, would not include Jericho, the nearest Palestinian town to Ras Ain al-Auja, as the annexation of Jericho would force him to address the status of thousands of Palestinians residing there. But the current plan would apparently cut off Jericho from other Palestinian towns in the occupied West Bank.