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Palestinians run from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against West Bank annexation. Palestinians run from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, in the village of Qusin near Nablus, June 5, 2020 (AP photo by Majdi Mohammed).

‘The Path of Negotiations Has Failed.’ Where Annexation Leaves Palestinians

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

July 1 is an ominous day for Palestinians, when Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is set to leap forward into formal annexation. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held onto his office by forging a power-sharing agreement with his political rival, Benny Gantz, that gave him the authority he needed to deliver on his biggest campaign promise: unilaterally annexing Israel’s settlements in the West Bank as soon as next month.

The plans for annexation prompted a reckoning in Ramallah, where President Mahmoud Abbas announced last month that the Palestinian Authority would no longer coordinate with Israel on security or adhere to any existing agreements going back to the Oslo Accords. “The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments, and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones,” Abbas declared at an emergency meeting. ...

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