Last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu postponed a vote on annexing a number of settlements into the Jerusalem municipality, a move which would have unilaterally redrawn the city’s map. Despite the postponement, Netanyahu has publicly backed the bill. As he fights for his political survival, he’s pandered to the settlement movement with major displays of support and massive infusions of funding.
Is Netanyahu serious about advancing towards the eventual annexation of major settlements? How do these moves change norms and affect support among the Israeli public for settlement expansion and annexation? How is the approach of the Trump administration impacting Israeli government policy?
World-renowned Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann will sit down with J Street’s Alan Elsner to discuss these questions and more.
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