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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he is going to extend Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the occupied West Bank territories if he wins another term in the upcoming elections, which are set to place on 9 April, Reuters reported.

Tank driver Baumel and two other soldiers, Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz, had been listed as missing and presumed dead.

More than 400,000 Israelis live in West Bank settlements, while a further 200,000 live in settlements in occupied east Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his eulogy for Baumel at a military cemetery in Jerusalem, thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his help.

"We are very happy that they will be able to give him the necessary military honors at home and most importantly. that his close relatives will be able to bring flowers to his grave", Putin said in comments published by the Kremlin.

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Israel has been calling on Russian Federation to use its influence in Syria to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from securing a lasting presence in the country.

The disappearance of Baumel has long troubled Israel.

Speaking in an interview with Channel 13 on Friday, Netanyahu said that in his opinion "all the [West Bank] settlements must remain under Israeli sovereignty" and that he had forwarded his position to US President Donald Trump.

While Netanyahu has a close relationship with the U.S. president, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas cut off relations with Washington after Trump declared the disputed city of Jerusalem Israel's capital in December 2017. Over the years, there had been unverified reports that Baumel and two other soldiers who went missing at Sultan Yacoub might have survived the fighting and been captured. He said that their remains had been transferred to Syria after the 1982 battle.

The family of Zachary Baumel had to wait 37 years to bury their son.

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