Legacy or Obituary?

The Trump peace plan which has been more sympathetic to Israel than to the Palestinians has made provisions for Israel to annex 30% of land in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) where more than one million residents are Palestinians.

Netanyahu’s life-long political dream to annex it is his convinced legacy for the history books of Israel.

It could also lead to his political obituary. Annexation of West Bank territory will undoubtedly end the peace treaty between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon. King Abdullah II will not allow relations to continue under an annexation of mainly Palestinians.

Recently thirty-two American experts, including two former American ambassadors to Israel, have condemned the Netanyahu plan. They have all signed an urgent letter to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) urging them to include a statement condemning annexation in the 2020 campaign.

Unlike Republicans, the Democrats have been supporters of a two-state solution and an ultimate recognition of a Palestinian State. Senator Bernie Sanders was at the forefront denouncing Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

In Great Britain, legislators in Parliament have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to place sanctions on Israel in the event of annexation.

Not one country in the European Union will recognize Israel’s annexation. Further sanctions may be imposed even by friendly nations in the United Nations.

Their objection is perfectly clear. It will be considered a violation of international law and past signed agreements.

Israel will be on the way to become an apartheid state and if Donald Trump is not re-elected in November Israel will feel Democratic scorn and disapproval which obviously will mean reduction of arms sales and financial aid to the Jewish State.

Netanyahu’s dream is very close in coming to his political and historical obituary.

Even past prime ministers, including Begin, Rabin and Sharon, who had the opportunity to annex settlements in West Bank areas, were smart enough to refrain from doing so.

Our peace with Jordan is a cold peace. Like most Egyptian citizens in a country first to make peace with us, the population of the Hashemite Kingdom are violently opposed to maintaining relations with us.

What is to be gained in annexation other than appropriation of more land for the Jews in Israel?

Will it be worthwhile to endure the anger and opposition by almost every country in the world?

Will it be worthwhile to have our name spattered as an unreliable ally, as a nation which makes promises and signs treaties only to void them when it is suitable to our present political appetite?

We have lived many years on 30 percent of West Bank territory. Is there a need to grab more land?

Our country has suffered from too many wars. Too many of our brave IDF soldiers have lost their lives unnecessarily. They do not have to die in order to guarantee Netanyahu’s legacy.

When a normal functioning government is established, hopefully sane minds will put an end to annexations. Hopefully they will disassociate themselves from the wild dream of a legacy for an indicted criminal prime minister.

Let the obituary be born!

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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