Mor: Annexation Would Be a Missed Opportunity

There’s a rare geopolitical window open for the Jewish state right now—which means pursuing other interests than those in the West Bank.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Oman with its ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said on October 26, 2018. Prime Minister’s office.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Oman with its ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said on October 26, 2018. Prime Minister’s office.
Symposium
June 24 2020
About the author

Shany Mor is a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute and a research fellow at the Chaikin Center for Geostrategy and the Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism, both at the University of Haifa.


The world moves slowly and then occasionally with astonishing celerity. The cause of Jewish self-determination has always had to be sensitive to such movements of history even if the Jews had little recourse to affect them. So it was that in the aftermath of World War I, and the attendant reconfiguration of the multinational empires where most Jews had lived, Zionists were able to maneuver themselves into an internationally recognized mandate for a Jewish national home in Palestine. And so it was with the establishment of the United Nations and the very temporary alignment of interests of the United States and Soviet Union in the Middle East that a legal imprimatur for statehood was advanced with the 1947 UN partition resolution. So it was again after the 1967 Six-Day War that a Security Council resolution was unanimously passed making clear that eventually the Arab states would need to make peace with Israel and could not hope to recover territories lost in war without doing so.

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