Kramer: The West Bank Was Annexed Once Before. It Ended in Regret.

A look at the ghost of annexation past.

June 25, 2020 | Martin Kramer
About the author: Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
This is a response to Examining Israel’s Eastern Borders: A Symposium, originally published in Mosaic in June 2020

King Abdullah I of Jordan talking to a member of the Transjordanian Legation at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on September 1, 1949. With him are British Prime Minister Clement Attlee and Attlee’s wife Violet. Edward Miller/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Seventy years ago, on April 24, 1950, the parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan resolved in favor of “complete unity between the two banks of the Jordan, the eastern and western, and their union in one single state.”

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