Israel Pulls Back On Annexations Until After Elections

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has walked back plans to annex parts of the West Bank. Netanyahu says that annexation won’t occur until after the upcoming March 2 national elections. During a campaign rally Netanyahu announced the change in plan, saying, “When we win, we will continue making history. … When we win, we will extend sovereignty over all the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Nonetheless, Israel is apparently drawing up maps for plans for annexation. The maps are in accordance with U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace plan. “We are already at the height of the process of mapping the area that, according to the Trump plan, will become part of the state of Israel. It won’t take too long,” Netanyahu said in a recent campaign rally. Reported by Reuters. Read more…

The U.S. has warned Israel against declaring sovereignty over the West Bank without U.S. approval. Reported by Reuters. Read more…

Josep Borrell, one of the European Union’s top diplomats, also urged Israel not to annex the Jordan Valley, warning that Palestinian protests could turn violent. Speaking to Europe’s parliament, Borrell said, “This may happen … You can be sure it’s not going to be peaceful.” Reported by Reuters. Read more…

The violence has already arrived, however. At least two Palestinians were killed, and 16 Israelis hurt as a result of violence related to the peace plan. Reported by Reuters. Read more…