Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister, but until now refrained from presenting a detailed vision for the West Bank, seen by the Palestinians as the heartland of a future state.
The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the time of the eclipse — Sunday night into Monday — the moon will also be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and brighter than usual, known as a supermoon. The whole event will last about three hours, with totality lasting just over an hour and beginning at 11:41 p.m. on the east coast. The next total lunar eclipse won't be until May 2021.