Will West Bank annexation trigger turmoil?

 01 Jul 2020 ( IBTN Bureau )

The West Bank and East Jerusalem are at the heart of any future Palestinian state.

But, occupied by Israeli forces since 1967 and now threatened by annexation, Palestinian dreams of their own homeland look increasingly impossible.

Israel's Prime Minister wants to declare sovereignty over illegal settlements, both in the west bank and the Jordan valley.

Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to begin annexation now, at the beginning of July.

But his coalition government partner Benny Gantz says combatting the coronavirus should come first.

The Palestinian leadership, major EU countries and Arab states all object to annexation.

But the seizure of more Palestinian land is seen to be in line with Donald Trump's proposals for peace in the region.

So, what does it all mean for the Middle East?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan
Guests;
Mustafa Barghouti - Leader of the Palestinian National Initiative and Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council
Said Arikat - Political Writer and Analyst
Amichai Stein - Political Writer and Diplomatic Correspondent

 

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