The Legal Ramifications of Extending Israeli Sovereignty to West Bank Communities

May 20, 2020 | Dore Gold
About the author: Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs, is a former ambassador of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999) and the author of, among other books , Hatred’s Kingdom, The Fight for Jerusalem, and The Rise of Nuclear Iran.

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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