This paper argues that Israel’s proposed annexation of the occupied West Bank has changed the dynamics for all the sides.

Elif Zaim 26 August 2020

This paper first examines the reactions of both the international and regional actors to the proposed Israeli annexation of the occupied West Bank. It then proceeds with looking at Netanyahu’s political standing and developments inside Israel. Finally, it reflects on how the move would alter the situation for Palestinians. The paper argues that the proposed annexation has changed the dynamics for all the sides. Not only we have seen an overwhelming reaction from various states which are considering punitive measures such as sanctions to hold Israel accountable, but inside the country, it has led to debates on the merits of formal annexation. It has also prompted the Palestinian leadership to shift policies as to how to face this irremediable threat if it is indeed materialised.

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