The Legal Ramifications of Extending Israeli Sovereignty to West Bank Communities

Pursuant to the Trump peace plan, Jerusalem is now considering fully applying civil law to areas of the West Bank that have no Palestinian residents, and which would remain under Israel’s control in any foreseeable version of the two-state solution. Such a move, often described as “annexation,” has been widely condemned in advance. But, Dore Gold argues, Israel’s exertion of sovereignty over territory granted to it by international law does not meet the legal definition of annexation. (Video, 4 minutes.)

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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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