REPORT: Despite PA denial, several Palestinians were reportedly arrested, one still held for weeks following a TV news report aired in early June, where several West Bank Palestinians expressed their hopes of becoming Israeli citizens should annexation under the U.S.- Israel peace-plan move forward.
The Palestinian Authority has arrested several people who said they would favor Israeli annexations in parts of the West Bank, corroborating sources say, despite Ramallah’s denial.
In a television report aired on Israel’s Channel 13 in early June, several Palestinians in the West Bank were heard expressing the hope of becoming Israelis if annexation under a U.S.-Israeli Continue Reading »
Attorney and CEO of HonestReporting points out the lack of transparency and credibility of journalists who opine against Israel’s upcoming plans to annex Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”), Israel’s ancient heartland, claiming it’s “illegal under international law,” …but are unable to reference which law.
On June 10 a web site called opiniojuris.org circulated an article entitled An Open Letter to the Israeli Government, which claims that Israel’s plans to annex certain parts of the disputed territories in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) per se violate international law. Continue Reading »
Palestinian PM said that if Israel advances annexation, which he claimed to be an “existential threat” to the Palestinians, it will be a serious violation of agreements that President Abbas terminated last month.
By Elior Levy
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that If Israel annexes part of the West Bank, the Palestinians will unilaterally declare a state based on the pre-1967 lines.
Propagandists and Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh
Speaking at a foreign press conference in Ramallah on Tuesday, Shtayyeh said that if Israel moves ahead with annexation, which he called an “existential threat” to the Palestinians, it will be a serious violation of agreements with the PA. Continue Reading »
Although France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Spain may go so far as officially recognize a Palestinian state, Berlin will not, and sources say, Germany will not support EU or UN sanctions should Israel annex parts of the West Bank.
By Itamar Eichner
Germany will not support sanctions over Israel’s planned unilateral annexation of parts of the West Bank or recognize Palestinian independence, a diplomatic official in Jerusalem said Monday.
However, the official stressed that annexation would likely put a strain on the relations between Jerusalem and Berlin, and Germany’s willingness to support Israel on the international scene.
Germany is set in July to take the presidency of two key institutions, the Council of the European Union for six months, as well as the UN Security Council for a month, meaning, Berlin will head two major international forums just as they will need to respond to Israeli actions, should Jerusalem move forward with its intention to apply sovereignty onto the contested territory. Continue Reading »
Since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, right-wing members of Knesset press for new development in east Jerusalem and the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim.
– Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweets, ‘For the first time in 50 years, the Prime Minister can decide: Either sovereignty or Palestine.’
By The Associated Press & Reuters
The city of Jerusalem granted final approval Sunday for the construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) pushed the government to annex a major West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the presidency of Donald Trump. Continue Reading »
Finance Minister Lapid offers his plan to end ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict by freezing settlement construction and outlying Israel’s future borders.
By Attila Somfalvi
Amid the halted peace process and Israel’s increasing isolation in the international community, Finance Minister Yair Lapid threatened Sunday to bring down the government if it decides to unilaterally annex the West Bank, and called to freeze settlement construction and map out Israel’s future borders.
MK Yair Lapid, Minister of Finance, speaking at the 14th Annual Herzliya Conference – Screenshot
In a document released Sunday, the senior government minister criticizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, and urges a halt of construction in the West Bank, particularly in areas Israel was not expected to keep in any future peace accord. Continue Reading »
Legislation set to apply Israeli law to some 90 enclaves, but Netanyahu’s gov’t does not support measure.
Right-wing lobby says step needed after peace-talks collapsed.
By Ynet Staff
Right-wing MKs called on the government Wednesday to annex about 90 Jewish settlements built on West Bank land, with one of them saying it was retaliation for the collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians a month ago.
While Israel has built dozens of enclaves since capturing the land in the 1967 Six Days, it has not applied its law to the territory other than near East Jerusalem, which it annexed as part of its capital in a move never recognized internationally. Continue Reading »
Economics Minister Bennett says making a deal with Abbas’ PA while Hamas controls Gaza is like ‘discussing the purchase of a car with only half its owners’.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
Economics Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday reiterated his proposal that Israel should annex parts of Judea and Samaria under its full military control of Jewish areas, according to AFP.
“I favor implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the zone where 400,000 Jews live and only 70,000 Arabs,” said the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) head. Bennett was referring to the “Area C” regions of Judea and Samaria, which under the Oslo Accords are still under Israeli military and civilian control. Continue Reading »
Women in Green advance initiative. Time to Wake Up from ‘Peace Delusion’. The Annexation Plan is moving forward. The ‘Sky won’t fall’ if Israel annexes Judea & Samaria, Geula Cohen, former Likud MK says.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and MK Yair Lapid, the leaders of Israel’s two biggest parties, have both said in recent days that Israel must resume negotiations with the Palestinian Authority with the goal of the creation of a new Arab state in Judea and Samaria. However, there is also a second diplomatic plan moving forward in recent weeks: an initiative to annex Judea and Samaria and give Arab residents citizenship. Continue Reading »
Op-ed: Electoral threat from Habayit Hayehudi is making the Likud come up with a few ludicrous ideas.
West Bank settlement – Photo: Ilan Arad, lowshot.com
The idea of annexing the territories has been living among us for 45 years. No rightist government has ever implemented it, and no leftist government has ever rejected it. In December 1981, six months after the withdrawal from Sinai, Menachem Begin tried to define the border. He annexed the Golan Heights and drew harsh criticism from the world. Reagan’s America created a crisis, but it is in the nature of crises to end. Continue Reading »