Netanyahu Vows to Annex the West Bank 🇮🇱

Hadas Parush / Flash90

Hadas Parush / Flash90

Impending elections 

Ahead of Israel’s snap general election next week, current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trails behind his rival Benny Gantz, a centrist. In an attempt to garner support from Israeli voters living in West Bank settlements, Netanyahu has pledged to annex the eastern border of the contested West Bank. In the event of a two-state solution, the move would result in a Palestinian state encircled by Israel—an act that would effectively dismantle the peace process. 

International influences

Israel seized the West Bank from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War. The region is considered by the majority of the world to be occupied territory, as well as Israeli settlements and annexation to be illegal. Netanyahu has claimed that this move is one afforded to him by the Trump administration, who have yet to support or condemn the proposal. President Trump is expected to release a peace plan for the Middle East after the Israeli vote. 


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Netanyahu Pledges to Annex Entire Jordan Valley With Support of US If He Wins Israeli Election

Breitbart: Netanyahu Vows to Begin Annexing West Bank Settlements

The right emphasizes the United States’ support of Israel with little criticism of either nation. The claim is often presented as a necessary move to secure the eastern border, as opposed to a political move before upcoming elections. Many conservative news outlets have focused their coverage of Israel on reports of two rockets launched from Gaza that caused Netanyahu to seek shelter during a campaign event, rather than Netanyahu’s recent annexation pledge. 

LEANING LEFT:

The New York Times: Netanyahu, Facing Tough Israel Election, Pledges to Annex Much of the West Bank

Haaretz: Netanyahu’s Annexation Promise Would ‘Kill the Peace Process,’ Jordan Says


The left 
largely views Netanyahu’s claims as an act of aggression and criticizes President Trump’s tacit approval of the brazen vow. Further, many sources identify Netanyahu’s announcement as a “last ditch move” to secure an election he appears at risk to lose. 


Where's the common ground?

The highly politicized state of the Israel-Palestine conflict is reflected in the stark stances taken on the left and right sides of the debate. Within the Israeli government, Netanyahu’s opponent, Benny Gantz, has agreed that the Jordan Valley is “a part of Israel,” but opposed Netanyahu’s meshing of Israeli and American politics. 

Both sides @ each other

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