Some settlers oppose Israel annexing settlements

Opposition to Israel's annexation of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank is coming from an unlikely source -- a group of settlers.

Not because they disagree, but because the plan puts aside land for a future Palestinian state, however nominal.

Which they fear will leave some settler outposts as enclaves.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet is due to discuss the planned annexation next month.

The aim is to accommodate U.S. President Donald Trump's peace blueprint, rejected by Palestinians, which envisages a Palestinian state on 70 per cent of the West Bank.

It would surround 15 of some 130 Jewish settlements.

Washington has offered to guarantee defence and access for this handful of enclaves, but they've become spearpoints of a campaign against the plans.

Hananel Elkayam, mayor of the Itamar settlement, fears settlers would be unable to commute through the future Palestinian territory, would have construction permits capped and would face the threat of armed attack.

"It will strangle the community because in the end, families here need a livelihood. On the one hand, they are saying, we are not evicting anybody, that's what they said in the plan that I saw in the media, but once you strangle the population and they have no livelihood, they must do something."

Palestinians and many countries see the settlements as illegal land-grabs, and U.S. officials will discuss this week whether to give Israel the green light for annexation.

They were built on land captured in a war in '67.

Elkayam and other settler leaders say they'd back annexation on condition that plans for Palestinian statehood are scrapped.

But Israeli and U.S. officials want to be seen as keeping a door open to diplomacy.