"Annexation" Update: Much Ado About Nothing?
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:
Here are some new articles from various viewpoints, since the deadline has passed:
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
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJW2cBwC8 - about the lack of Palestinian protests
(graph from the end of May)
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