Weekly Commentary: Hatred of Bennett Assures Annexation
Dr. Aaron Lerner 15 May 2020
Until last night there was always the possibility that a combination of
considerations could cause Binyamin Netanyahu to indefinitely postpone
applying Israeli law to those areas identified in the Trump Map as being
part of sovereign Israel under any future deal with the Palestinians.
But that all changed with Naftali Bennett sitting in the opposition.
The Netanyahu family hates Bennett and that extremely emotional hatred makes
ending Bennett’s political career a top priority. They are confident that
applying Israeli law to areas of Judea and Samaria, as promised, while
Bennett sits in the opposition, will render him irrelevant. But, by the
same token, the Netanyahu family is painfully aware that should Binyamin
Netanyahu fail to honor this monumental promise, for whatever reason,
Bennett will enjoy a meteoric rise as the voice of the true national camp.
You can, therefore, rest assured that Binyamin Netanyahu will do everything
in his power to deny Bennett the opportunity to proclaim “I told you so” by
failing to apply Israeli law in the coming months.
A few quick observations about the Trump Deal.
#1. The wording of the Trump Deal intentionally strips “sovereignty “ such
that even acceptance of the concept of the Deal doesn’t necessarily mean
acceptance of anything more that autonomy.
"Sovereignty is an amorphous concept that has evolved over time. With
growing interdependence, each nation chooses to interact with other nations
by entering into agreements that set parameters essential to each nation.
The notion that sovereignty is a static and consistently defined term has
been an unnecessary stumbling block in past negotiations. "
#2 The Trump Deal does not link applying Israeli law to those areas
identified in the Trump Map as being part of sovereign Israel under any
future deal with the Palestinians to formal acceptance of the Deal by either
the Government or the Knesset. Netanyahu’s public statements to date
#3. Arguments against applying sovereignty whose validity hinges on our
current relations with Jordan continuing in perpetuity are embarrassingly
farcical. I say “embarrassingly” because as an Israeli I am embarrassed
that people who held key positions in our nation’s defense in the past are
so short-sighted in their thinking.
#4. The Palestinians are correct when they complain that the Arab world is
more interested in working with Israel (both covertly and overtly) on
pressing matters than on serving Palestinian interests.
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