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"Annexation" Update: Much Ado About Nothing?

Updated: Aug 21

So for everyone wondering about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's great declaration that on July 1 Israel was going to "annex" or "apply Israeli sovereignty" to parts of the area know alternatively as Judea/Samaria, The West Bank, and/or the Occupied/Disputed/Liberated Territories, this post is for you...


A week has now come and gone and - as I predicted in my previous post about it - nothing has happened. Netanyahu's modus operandi has been to kick the can down the road; he is a caretaker not a visionary (which makes him disliked by both the Israeli left and the right). Even the Palestinians understand this and either aren't even mustering a protest because they know nothing will happen - or they know [sadly?] it doesn't change anything (for better or worse).


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Here were my previous thoughts as well as articles I posted on June 28 before the deadline:

https://www.tourguideofisrael.com/post/various-thoughts-on-israel-s-supposed-annexation-extending-of-sovereignty


Here are some new articles from various viewpoints, since the deadline has passed:


General:

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/10-things-to-know-about-west-bank-annexation-633437


Israeli views:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/07/06/new-poll-shows-uncertainty-among-israelis-on-west-bank-annexation/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/annexations-irony-bringing-israeli-politics-closer-to-palestinian-statehood/

https://7a050bb0-0e00-4b94-998e-eededaa66f5b.filesusr.com/ugd/e93e5c_d87c977685954f16ba86b41034e6d415.pdf - a big policy paper on why, how and the legalities of applying sovereignty


Arab world:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/why-the-joint-statement-matters-jordan-egypt-close-ranks-on-annexation-634143

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/understanding-the-arab-worlds-response-to-annexation-633687


Palestinian Response:

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJW2cBwC8 - about the lack of Palestinian protests

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-sovereignty-jordan-valley-violence

(graph from the end of May)


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