Bennett says Israel takes half its water from West Bank, as argument for annexation

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Societies get the leaders they deserve, right? Here is an astoundingly slick ad by Naftali Bennett, the rising radical-right star of Israel’s Jewish Home party, laying out his “stability initiative” to annex most of the West Bank, and thereby “do what Zionism has always done”– take land with as few non-Jews as possible on it.

Notice that Bennett is afraid of the BDS movement (at 1:30), which is painting the West Bank as an apartheid situation, and repeatedly describes Palestinians as a “demographic” threat to the Jewish state. The admission that Israel sucks up Palestinian water is at :35 or so:

Secondly water reserves in Judea and Samaria provide 50 % of the drinking water in Israel

Is this stability– to steal people’s land and water and then fence them off? Is it right?

Haaretz has landed on Bennett’s misrepresentation of Palestinian numbers in Area C. Bennett says that 48,000 Palestinians live there so that when the area is annexed, these non-Jewish citizens will make up only a fraction of the Israeli population, but Haaretz says it’s far more (excuse me while I take a bath).

To stave off accusations of apartheid, Bennett proposes giving Israeli citizenship to nearly 50,000 Palestinians living in the annexed territories. That would supposedly expand Israel’s borders at a negligible demographic cost.

But is Bennett correct in saying that only 50,000 Arabs live in Area C?… In fact, a significant portion of Bennett’s plan, as outlined in “The Israel Stability Initiative: A Practical Program for Managing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” is based on a table that was copied – in its entirety – from the Bimkom report, titled “The Prohibited Zone.”

But the name that Bennett applies to this table does not reflect the data it contains. The table includes only those Palestinian villages whose entire built-up area falls inside Area C. But there are some 200 villages that are partly in Area C and partly in Areas A or B of the West Bank. When the Oslo Accords were signed, the Palestinian cities of the West Bank were within Area B, but since then some of them have expanded into Area C. Including the population in these areas would add around 100,000 people to the 47,360 cited in Bennett’s table.

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