Annexation (even when delayed) is the great truth teller on Israel/Palestine

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to annex close to a third of the West Bank, including settlements like Maale Adumim, above. (photo: Ahmad Gharabli / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images)
A look at three examples of ‘truth telling’ which annexation has revealed.

By Robert A. H. Cohen| Patheos | July 1, 2020

Like the Settlements project, annexation will creep forward month by month and year by year until the desired new status quo is achieved.

The July 1st deadline has come and gone, and annexation hasn’t arrived. But don’t celebrate yet. It’s delayed not cancelled. The Trump White House is divided on the details; the international protest is stronger than expected; and Israel has a renewed coronavirus crisis that ought to be getting its government’s full attention.

But with Donald Trump’s polling numbers in the US tumbling and rumors that he may even drop out of the November election if he thinks he can’t win, Prime Minister Netanyahu will be wanting to get the ball rolling on annexation as soon as possible.

And once it’s on the Knesset statute books will it ever come off? Like the Settlements project, annexation will creep forward month by month and year by year until the desired new status quo is achieved. That means enlarged Israeli sovereignty/apartheid (ultimately including the Jordan Valley), total control of security from ‘the river to the sea’ and disconnected, semi-autonomous Palestinian Bantustans. Trump will have been the enabler, but the political legacy will be Netanyahu’s to enjoy and the Palestinians to endure.

If you’re looking for a simple explainer for what’s coming, try this 7-minute video from the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence.

Truth telling
What’s been notable over the last few months, is the way in which even the prospect of annexation has revealed so much about the nature of the Israel/Palestine situation. There is a parallel to be drawn with how Covid-19 has also been an exposer of truths about the unfairness and inequalities of societies around the world. Perhaps, annexation is just a subset of the surfacing of injustice which we’ve seen across the globe in 2020 and which has stirred locked-down populations to question their tolerance for institutionalized immorality.

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