The topic on everyone’s minds right now is whether the Israeli Government will apply sovereignty over parts of the West Bank. This is a decision that could carry with it significant implications for both Israel and the entire region.
We strive to ensure that the community is as informed as possible when it comes to complex and nuanced issues such as this one. That is why we are excited to share with you this information guide, compiled by the Baltimore Jewish Council, featuring a wide range of top-quality resources. From fact sheets to op-eds on each side, we hope you will closely look each one over, and share this guide with others who may find it informative.
Our partners at the Jewish Federations of North America have prepared a brief two page fact sheet breaking down the issue into simple terms, providing context, and outlining where each side stands, with links to all sources.
Many local and national organizations have been hosting webinars on the topic, however there are two that we want to highlight. These webinars provide a well-rounded perspective and feature different viewpoints from some of the leading voices in the Israeli policy space.
Annexation: Will Israel Apply Sovereignty to Areas of the West Bank, and What Repercussions Should We Expect? Featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Dr. Shira Efron, from the RAND Corporation and Oded Revivi, Mayor of Efrat, Israel. View the recording here.
Implications of Annexation on U.S.-Israel Relationship.Featuring Ambassador Dennis Ross & Dr. Sara Hirschhorn, hosted by JCRC of Greater Washington. View the recording here.
There are countless publications and resources on this topic from every corner of the political spectrum. The following are links to a few resources from reputable sources, that we think provide a well-rounded perspective on the issue.
We Must Stop Pursuing a Two State Illusion and Commit to a Realistic Two-State Solution. Op-ed by Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States.
Ramifications of West Bank Annexation: Security and Beyond. Commanders of Israel’s Security.
Wrestling with Annexation: The Elusive Search for a Policy Rationale. Rob Satloff, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Phased Territorial Implementation of the Trump Peace Plan. Jerusalem Institute for Security and Strategy. Annexation Watch Resource Page. Israeli Policy Forum.
The Wall Street Journal: Q&A on Israel’s West Bank Annexation Plan
NBC News: Israel Debates West Bank Annexation
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