In the midst of the pandemic, Prime Minister Netanyahu formed an Israeli emergency government that appeared able and determined to carry out unilateral annexation of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank. It was agreed that, with the approval of the Trump administration, Netanyahu could begin annexation as early as July 1st.
Annexation would be deliberately intended to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and would institutionalize an undemocratic system in which Israel would rule permanently over stateless Palestinian residents of the West Bank. It would fundamentally betray the vision and democratic principles of Israel’s founders, severely imperil the US-Israel relationship and make it nearly impossible to maintain broad support for Israel in the US.
Standing together with American lawmakers, policy experts and an overwhelming portion of the Israeli security establishment, J Street has made clear why annexation would be so destructive — and mobilized to stop it.