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World Annexation plan: a majority of Israelis fear a 3rd Palestinian Intifada

23:05  03 june  2020
23:05  03 june  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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An annexation by Israel of swathes of the occupied West Bank will lead to a third Palestinian uprising, believe a majority of Israelis in a poll published Wednesday less than a month from a possibly crucial deadline on this sensitive issue.

The union government led by Benjamin Netanyahu must present from July 1 its strategy to implement the American plan for the Middle East, which provides among other things for the annexation by Israel of the Jewish settlements and the valley Jordan River in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by the Hebrew State.

According to a survey by the Democratic Institute of Israel, a research center based in Jerusalem, 50% of Israelis support this annexation project, 31% oppose it and 19% "do not speak out".

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Some 57% of Israeli Jews support it and this membership rate reaches 75% to 81% among voters of ultra-Orthodox parties and the radical right, according to the opinion poll of 711 people. 71.5% of Likud supporters of Mr. Netanyahu and about 35% of those of the centrist "Blue-white" party of Defense Minister Benny Gantz are also in favor.

But this poll, whose margin of error is estimated at around 3.7%, also reveals the fears of the Israelis because a majority of respondents (58%) "think that the Palestinians will launch an Intifada" in the event of annexation .

Recently, Mr. Netanyahu called for seizing "the historic opportunity" of the plan of the administration of Donald Trump , which also provides for the creation of a Palestinian state but on a reduced territory and without East Jerusalem as its capital contrary to what the Palestinians want.

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Fiercely hostile to this plan, the Palestinians led two Intifadas (1987-1993 and 2000-2005) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory from which Israel withdrew unilaterally in 2005 but to which it imposed a blockade for more than 10 years.

"Illusion"

On Wednesday, hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in Nablus, in the north of the West Bank, against the American project, waving Palestinian flags.

"This is the start of an active movement on the ground to challenge Israel's decision to annex, a measure that undermines the Palestinian national project," AFP Khaled Mansour, a protester, told AFP.

For Jihad Ramadan, Nablus secretary to Fatah, the secular party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, "Israel aspires to expansion and annexation to kill the Palestinian dream, but it is an illusion to think that it will be able to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state. "

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Abbas has repeatedly threatened to cut off all security cooperation with Israel and Washington in the event of annexation and is trying to rally the rest of the international community to his cause.

Analysts say the end of the cooperation could threaten relative calm in the West Bank, home to 2.7 million Palestinians and more than 450,000 Israelis. The latter live in colonies deemed illegal under international law.

The Palestinian Authority ended diplomatic contact with the U.S. administration after Trump's December 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

For experts, the Israeli government has a short shooting window, about six months, to annex because a defeat of Donald Trump in the US presidential election in November could undermine US support for this project.

06/03/2020 18:49:01 - Jerusalem (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Maas - Annexation of parts of the West Bank by Israel would be a violation of the law .
Jerusalem, Jun 10 (Reuters) - Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has appealed to Israel to stop pursuing its plans to annex parts of the West Bank. "Together with the European Union, we are of the opinion that annexation is not compatible with international law," said Maas in Jerusalem on Wednesday after a meeting with his Israeli colleague Gabi Ashkenazi. Germany continues to rely on a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict and a revival of the negotiations.

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