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Israeli soldiers try to evacuate Palestinian and Israeli activists during a protest against the Israel's intention to annex the Jordan Valley, near the West Bank City of Jericho January 01, 2013. Rightwing Israeli government ministers have stepped up their opposition to a peace deal with the Palestinians before US secretary of state John Kerry's visit to the region this week by backing a parliamentary bill to annex a strategically significant swath of the West Bank. Photo by Issam Rimawi