Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed in a meeting with settler leaders that he intends to annex all West Bank settlements on the July 1 date, which is the earliest date allowed by his coalition deals.
On May 17, 2020, Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel’s Prime Minister, heading a unity government in which he will rotate the leadership with his former rival, Benny Gantz. As a result of the deal Israel plans to annex large parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank.
As the date gets closer, on May 28 Netanyahu said that when his government continues with its annexation of the West Bank, thousands of Palestinian residents would be granted neither citizenship nor equal rights.
The annexation plan includes, for example, the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, a region that has 30 Israeli settlements as Netanyahu revealed in a map. The zone has a scope of approximately 30 percent of the area of the West Bank, and it is strategic as it lies along the Jordanian border.
On the other hand, the Palestinian Authority has said that if Israel goes on attempting to annex West Bank, they will try any Israeli citizens or Arab residents of Jerusalem they detain, refusing to hand them over to the Zionist state.
The move by the Israeli government is a blow to the hope of the two-state solution which increasingly seems dead.
The United States, as expected, has unequivocally supported the Israeli settlement plan, setting the stage through its actions for this development. As the US continues its vicious assault on its black community, it extends a hand in oppression to Israel to decimate the territories it colonizes.