In order to go ahead with annexation, Netanyahu needs certainty in Washington.
By Herb Keinon | The Jerusalem Post | Aug 11, 2020
With Trump trailing in some of the polls by double digits, voices are still being raised, saying that he may push Netanyahu toward annexing now because this will play well with his Evangelical base.
It’s the Americans’ fault.
That, at least, was the subtext of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s answer Monday evening to a question in a Channel 20 interview as to why he has not gone ahead and extended Israeli sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria.
“It was clear from the start that the application of sovereignty would be done only with agreement from the United States. Otherwise, I would have already done it a while ago,” Netanyahu said. “Trump is now busy with other things, and this [sovereignty] is not on the top of his mind.”
Those looking for an indication that Israel is headed to a fourth election within 19 months, need look no further than that interview, and this for two reasons.
The first is the very fact that Netanyahu granted the interview. Netanyahu almost never gives one-on-one interviews to the Israeli press, except during an election season.