US Jewish organizations warn against West Bank annexation

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu points to a Jordan Valley map. (photo: Getty Images)
Responding to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intent to extend Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank, the Progressive Israel Network released their opposition to annexation.

International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) | Nov 11, 2019

‘It’s vital for Israeli leaders to recognize that whatever the dangerous and deluded policies of the Trump administration, the vast majority of Americans and American Jews are strongly opposed to annexation,’
— Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of Progressive Israel Network

A coalition of American Jewish groups has sent a letter to leaders of Israel’s political parties, warning them against full or even partial annexation of the occupied West Bank.

The letter, written by the Progressive Israel Network, asks Israeli politicians to oppose the annexation plan being pursued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, even if US President Donald Trump gives it a green light.

It states that Trump’s endorsement of West Bank annexation does not mean a sign of long-term American policy, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

“Mistaking such a ‘green light’ from the president — for any type of consensus on the part of either US political party — would be a dangerous error for Israel,” the letter reads.

“Simply put, the approach of this president does not represent the long-term interests and likely future policy of the United States.”

The coalition said the annexation could harm relations between Israel and US Jews because the “vast majority of American Jews” support a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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