Well this bill doesn’t have that many implications, right? Danny Danon is offering a bill to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) that would support the official annexation of the West Bank and the complete break of ties between Israel and the PA. Nice:
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset will vote on a bill calling for full Israeli annexation of the West Bank.
Deputy Speaker Danny Danon announced Tuesday that the Knesset will take up the bill, which he authored, at the end of October.
The bill also nullifies any financial obligations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that had been established by previous agreements, according to a statement from Danon’s office.
“If the Palestinian Authority wishes to proceed on this reckless path and bring further instability to the region, Israel cannot continue to pour funds into this sinking ship of failed leadership,” Danon said, referring to the PA’s statehood bid at the United Nations last Friday.
“The funding agreements with the PA were reached with the hope that their leaders would work to create an environment of lasting peace and security with Israel. Given that it is clear that the Palestinians have no such desire, Israel must no longer be required to stand by these arrangements.”
The bill also nullifies the Oslo Accords, since it reads that “All obligations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as established by international agreements … will be considered null and void.”
It was submitted in line with a similar initiative in the U.S. Congress offered by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), which calls for supporting Israel’s rights to annex the West Bank should the Palestinian Authority move forward with its statehood bid without negotiating.
Meanwhile, a letter signed by the leaders of four ruling coalition factions — Likud Party chairman Ze’ev Elkin, Shas chairman Avraham Michaeli, Habayit Hayehudi chairman Uri Orbach, and National Union leader Yaakov Katz — asks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex Jewish-settled areas of the West Bank and calls for increased construction in those areas.
The letter also calls for additional sanctions against the Palestinians and not allowing any country that cooperates with their statehood bid to mediate future peace talks.
Some quick questions:
- If this bill is passed and Israel annexes the West Bank, would the PA be considered an armed, illegal militia/secessionist group to be targeted by Israel?
- Does Danon understand the consequences of dismantling Oslo (and, consequently, the PA) in terms of international law?
- Does Danon understand the consequences of dismantling Oslo (and, consequently, the PA) in terms of demographics?
- Is Danon ignorant of how the funding to the PA has been responsible for creating a Palestinian force capable of establishing an environment of security, for Israelis, in the West Bank?
- Does Danon recognize that an end to the charade of Oslo would result in the death of the two state solution (officially) and thus condemn Israel to a future of either apartheid or the loss of a Jewish majority?
- Do the American supporters of this bill – and the accompanying bill to Congress – understand that their support is smothering Israel?
It seems that the passage of this bill would not be a terrible thing for the Palestinians. The death of the two state solution (Danon has long withheld support for two states) would mean that Israel would need to either allow Palestinians to become citizens of Israel or convince the international community (Jordan in particular) that it is not a crime against humanity to transfer the Palestinian population to Jordanian control.
Of course, there is some debate about whether Danon meant annexation of the entire West Bank or just the settlements. Yet, there is not much of a difference. Legally, Israel would be required to pass a referendum in order to cede annexed land in any peace deal, making it much harder for the Israeli government to agree to any deal. Palestinians, in other words, would be forced to make a state based on the Bantustans of Palestinian control that currently exist – in other words, this bill would kill the idea of an independent Palestinian state.
Well played Danny. Well played.
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