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The Price of Annexation

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on the eve of the election that he intended to bring about the annexation of “every settlement point” in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu mentioned annexation “by agreement,” and he probably did not mean the agreement of the Palestinians, but that of the United States. The White House did not respond to his statement, either not to hurt his campaign or because it is simply true. In the past, the American administration took exception to such statements.

On the face of it, this is just another of the baseless election promises that Netanyahu dispersed during his campaign in an attempt to siphon off votes from his partners on the right. This declaration may have been the one that cost Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, the leaders of Hayemin Hehadash, the 1,300 votes they needed to surmount the electoral threshold, and in this, there is some poetic justice: Netanyahu’s pledges to annex the........

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