The July 1st date to announce Israel’s extension of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and the Jordan River Valley is coming fast. Yet, there is a feeling that much of the talk may be just that – talk. With coalition tensions rising and sovereignty in peril, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s next two moves will reset the map again.
Netanyahu has never liked ceding control to anyone, especially second rate politicians and average ex-generals like Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi, but that was what appeared to happen when the present coalition was formed.
Prime Minister Netanyahu also never wanted to implement the Trump Peace Plan as is. We all know that Israel and even the “Palestinians” much more prefer the current status quo than any final status agreement.
With two weeks left to go until sovereignty is set to be announced expect Netanyahu to do the following two things:
1. Netanyahu Will Call New Elections: Let’s face it, this was less than ideal coalition to begin with and with new polls showing Netanyahu will decimate his political opponents he will make a move now.
2. Netanyahu Will Apply Israeli Law to All The “Settlements”: Every official community has what is called a blue line. Most communities have not come close to these blue lines. Netanyahu can win the praise of the residents of Judea and Samaria without applying sovereignty just by extending Israeli law to all official Judea and Samaria Jewish communities within their blue lines. This will essentially end the difference in building permit processes that exist within pre-1967 and post-1967 Israel, as well as an array of other things. True, this is not annexation, but essentially turns every community into Israel without causing a huge uproar with Europe and other Middle East allies and most importantly never relinquishes any territory. This one move would be far more impactful than any extension of sovereignty as it would allow communities to build so much it would end the two-State solution.
Without any guarantees, expect these two moves in the coming weeks.