In His Campaign for the Upcoming Election, Netanyahu Turns against the Hard Right

Aug. 12 2019

With Israeli elections scheduled for September, writes Haviv Rettig Gur, Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be campaigning not against his major rival—the center-left Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz—but against the smaller right-wing parties expected to join with Likud to form a governing coalition. It was, after all, the stubbornness of these parties that prevented Netanyahu from forming a coalition after the last election. To Gur, many observers misread Israeli politics by ignoring these rivalries within the right:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Election 2019, Israeli politics

Israeli Sovereignty Would Free Residents of the West Bank from Ottoman Law

To its opponents, the change in the legal status of certain areas of Judea and Samaria is “annexation;” to its proponents, it is the “extension of sovereignty” or the “application of Israeli law.” Naomi Khan argues that the last term best captures the practical implications of the measures in question. Since the Six-Day War, the Jewish state has continued to uphold the Ottoman legal system in areas of the West Bank under its jurisdiction—despite the fact that the Ottoman empire ceased to exist in 1922; “annexation” would end this situation. Setting aside the usual questions of foreign policy, security, and the possibility of Palestinian statehood, Khan argues that this change would be the one most felt by those who live there:

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More about: Annexation, Israeli law, Ottoman Empire, Palestinian Authority, West Bank