Arab World Rattled by Netanyahu’s West Bank Annexation Plan
After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex parts of the West Bank if he wins next week’s general election, officials in Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia all condemned the move. The Arab League also described his plan, which calls for establishing Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, a “dangerous development.” Meanwhile, opponents at home suggested it was a ploy to secure right-wing support.
What could this mean for peace? Netanyahu’s proposal deals what observers say could be a fatal blow to the two-state solution, with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling it “devastating” to the peace process.