Implications for Israel annexing part of the West Bank

Weeks before the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may go ahead with plans to annex part of the West Bank lands, the debate continues inside Israel and in the international community about the implications and risks of such a move.

The annexation plan, which may come into effect in July, is in line with the plan announced by US President Donald Trump at the beginning of this year called the Deal of the Century, which stipulates that Israel will annex the territories that most of the international community collects should be part of a future Palestinian state.

“Palestinian groups such as Hamas will use this annexation as evidence of the mistake made by the Palestinians who welcomed the implementation of the territorial settlement,” said Over Zalzberg, a senior analyst in Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

The Palestinian Authority has already declared that it is not committed to any of the treaties it signed with Israel and cut security coordination.

The lack of coordination will become more evident if the Palestinians decide to protest against the annexation of lands and clash with Israeli soldiers at checkpoints and checkpoints. The Palestinian security forces may not prevent this.

Abbas also announced his intention to reject the tax money that Israel owes the Palestinian Authority. This move could cause a major economic crisis in the already weak Palestinian economy.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is scheduled to arrive in Jerusalem later this week. Netanyahu is expected to warn that moving ahead with the annexation plan will harm Israel’s ties with Germany and the European Union, according to Israeli media.

France also warned of grave consequences, saying it would view the annexation as a “gross violation of international law.”

The annexation step is also a blow to Netanyahu, who is seeking to improve relations with Arab countries, according to analyst Salzberg.

(Source / 10.06.2020)

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