The PA has lost its trust within the Palestinian community, and the international community is either silent with regards to annexation or complicit. The best chance to stop annexation is through opposition from within Israel led by the Joint List, which can truly bring it to a halt.
All 15 members of the Israeli Knesset’s Joint List have sent a letter to congressional Democrats, calling on them to oppose annexation. “Democrats have a decision to make,” JVP Action’s Beth Miller tells Mondoweiss. “Will they keep wringing their hands and expressing ‘concern,’ or are they going to do something about it?”
Annexation was advanced in the U.S. “peace plan” by Ambassador David Friedman, says Palestinian member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi: “The most dangerous figure pushing for this annexation is the American ambassador… Friedman.. He is the most dangerous, and he is to the right of Netanyahu, he is much more Yemina and Settler Council than Likud even. He is playing a very, very dangerous role.”
Netanyahu will move ahead to annex territories in Palestine near the Green Line containing Jewish settlements, says Yair Golan of Meretz. “He will explain to the rest of the world, Alright, we did what was reasonable, what was accepted by the Palestinians in former negotations, and what was heavily accepted by President Trump according to his future plan.”
The Israeli Jewish right wants to keep 620,000 settlers in West Bank– and the left wants to keep 585,000 there, says legislator Yair Golan. So there is no real opposition to the settlement project, or the one-state reality, even though it threatens “the Zionist dream.”
Israeli Greens Party leader Stav Shaffir describes the demoralization of the Jewish left in Israel. It has lost “foundations of democratic infrastructure,” media and parliament, and so is afraid to talk about its issues and seeks to flatter the right wing settler government.
Following a contentious third election, Gantz’s betrayal of his allies came as a surprise to many in Israel; but not to the Joint List and Palestinian citizens of Israel, who saw straight through his false image of change and reform. Now, with the complete collapse of Blue and White, and the Jewish centrist bloc, the Joint List stands as the sole voice of progress, equality, and change.
Palestinians are players in Israeli politics in a new way, Yael Patir of J Street says. Three-fourths of Israeli Jewish centrist voters supported a possible government that would have had Palestinian political backing, and that is “huge,” she says, seeing a silver lining in the collapse of the effort to remove Netanyahu.
The Israeli hospital system would collapse without Palestinians, who make up a sizeable percentage of doctors, nurses and pharmacies, but the Jewish politicians who are trying to form the country’s next government exclude the 15 Palestinian legislators from any real role in that future. And they call that a democracy?