Yesterday a nineteen-year-old Israeli yeshiva student named Dvir Sorek was murdered in what authorities are treating as an attack by Palestinian terrorists. He was on his way back to his yeshiva from a trip to Jerusalem where he had bought a book as a gift for one of his teachers when he was apparently taken and stabbed to death, his body left on a road leading to his home.
Remembering Dvir Sorek, the Nineteen-Year-Old Victim of a Terror Attack in Israel
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: