Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has vowed to extend “Jewish sovereignty” to all Israeli communities located in the West Bank, a move effectively tantamount to annexation. Netanyahu made the same promise prior to Israel’s April 9 national election and is likely seeking to shore up right-wing support ahead of the September 17 do-over vote. There has been much talk about Israel annexing parts of Area C of the West Bank, a region containing all Jewish communities located across the pre-1967 borders and which remains under full Israeli civilian and military control.
However, Netanyahu will have to contend with the small matter of US President Donald Trump’s years-in-the-making Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the political components of which the White House will release shortly after the election. US administration officials previously hinted that they did not expect Israel to uproot all Jewish communities from the West Bank in the event of an agreement with the Palestinians. The Trump Administration in June unveiled the economic elements of its peace proposal at a summit in Bahrain, which the Palestinian Authority boycotted. President Mahmoud Abbas’s Ramallah-based PA has refused to engage with White House officials since President Trump’s December 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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