Netanyahu’s Talk of West Bank Annexations Is a Blow to Peace but No Surprise, Palestinians Say
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remarks that if he is reelected, he will annex Israeli settlements in the Israeli occupied West Bank and reject the formation of a Palestinian state, describe what would be the final nail in the coffin of a potential two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinians warn. However, many Palestinians say that the controversial remarks have changed little about the reality, because they believe Netanyahu was never committed to the two-state peace process.
Many governments and experts would consider annexation of the Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law and a breach of the Oslo accords under which Israeli and Palestinian representatives committed themselves to a two-state solution. Netanyahu’s comments are widely regarded to be part of his attempt to win support from far-right voters in the 2019 Israeli legislative election, which is taking place on Tuesday.