26.05.2020 Israel Prepares for West Bank Annexation Despite Pandemic Spread.
Thanks to the Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan, the topic of Israel annexing parts of the West Bank has moved from the fringe to the center of Israeli politics. The apparent noninvolvement of the United States State Department in the issue has prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to state his confidence that annexation will happen within “a few months,” or before the American presidential election in November. The Palestinians claim the entire West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as the heartland of an independent state. Annexing chunks of this territory would likely deal a death blow to faded Palestinian hopes of a two-state solution. Annexation also would anger the international community, which overwhelmingly supports Palestinian statehood. Trump’s Mideast plan envisions handing 30% of the West Bank, including Israel’s dozens of settlements, to permanent Israeli control, while conditionally offering the Palestinians limited statehood — with Israel retaining overall security control — in the remaining territory. The Palestinians have rejected the plan, and it has received little international support. Annexation would offer benefits to both sides. Netanyahu could solidify his hard-line legacy and shore up support with his nationalist base. It also would give Trump a welcome accomplishment to rally pro-Israel supporters, particularly among politically powerful Christian conservatives. Credit: NOW THIS
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