Netanyahu Asks Palestinians to Negotiate

  • His move to annex parts of the West Bank is bound to rattle Islamic nations that support and sympathize with the Palestinians.
  • Israeli alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz says annexation may have to wait.
  • Black Lives Matter opposes West Bank annexation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Palestinians to prepare to engage in negotiations on the West Bank annexation. He has asked the state not to miss out on a historic deliberation that will bring peace to both Palestinians and Israelis in the region.

Annexation of the Jordan Valley is the proposed application of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley. The idea has been advocated by some Israeli politicians since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank began in 1967, most notably with the Allon Plan and the 2019 Netanyahu plan.

He said this on Sunday at a conference organized by the Christians United for Israel evangelical organization. His move to annex parts of the West Bank is bound to rattle Islamic nations that support and sympathize with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu has been planning the expropriation for three years. By taking over the West Bank, he’ll be etched in the books of history as the leader who declared sovereignty over the region.

The Palestinian Authority recently submitted a counter-proposal suggesting that the zone become a demilitarized sovereign state. It presented the manifesto to the diplomatic Quartet, which is comprised of the European Union, the United Nations, Russia, and the United States.

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz has also presented some opposition to Netanyahu’s annexation plans and proclaimed that they might have to wait. He has asserted the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is more urgent and important. This was during a Blue and White party meeting held on Monday. Gantz said:

“Together we will defeat the coronavirus and deal with its economic and medical impact. What is not connected to coronavirus will wait. We are in the middle of a continuing incident and the only body that can deal with it alongside the security cabinet and Health Ministry is the Defense Ministry.”

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is an American Christian organization that supports Israel. Its statement of purpose is “to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues.”

In a separate Likud party meeting, Netanyahu countered that the annexation of the West Bank is not up to the Alternate Prime Minister. He underlined that the Blue and White party has no power to influence the plans. “We are in talks with an American team here in Israel. We are doing so discreetly. The matter doesn’t depend on Blue and White. They are not a factor, they’re neither here nor there,” he said.

There is growing opposition across the world to the illegal occupation. Black Lives Matter is the latest organization to call for the freedom of Palestinians. The organization has posted a controversial message on Twitter accusing British politicians of being too forbearing to the Israeli establishment. The post reads as follows.

“As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel’s settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades.”

The message has been rebuked by a section of British politicians show have described it as anti-Semitic. Responding to the criticism, Black Lives Matter followed up with another message reiterating its stance on the matter.

“From the British Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter, solidarity and learning from Palestinians in the fight against systematic racism has always been part of our shared struggle and shared strength.”

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Samuel Gush

Samuel Gush is a Technology, Entertainment, and Political News writer at Communal News.

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