Israel’s Annexation of West Bank
An ill-conceived move that violates international law
As a fulfilment of the pledge he made during his election campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu, the incumbent Prime Minister of Israel, announced to kick-start the process to annex Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank on July 1. However, in the face of the scathing global criticism of the project mounted, and widening differences between Netanyahu and his coalition partner Benny Gantz became more conspicuous, Netanyahu backed down on the annexation plan. Moreover, US President Donald Trump, a staunch Israel supporter, has cooled its backing for the Israeli move amid what is believed to be troubles at home and fears that it might hurt the president’s chances of re-election besides international pressure. That is why Netanyahu’s office issued a statement on July 01 whereby it said that the prime minister would continue to discuss a possible West bank annexation with the US administration.
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