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Ramallah’s attempt at independence, at least in healthcare

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28.05.2020

Reportage. Palestine has already begun to reduce its dependence on Israeli hospitals. But cutting ties is easier said than done: developing the Palestinian healthcare system will take years and transferring patients to Jordan and Egypt is subject to strict controls.

written by Michele Giorgio

Topic Middle East and North Africa

JERUSALEM

May 28, 2020

With the coronavirus emergency a thing of the past (seemingly, at least), the only issue on the Israeli-Palestinian front at the moment is the annexation by Israel of a large portion of the West Bank.

Netanyahu was clear on this issue when he met with the leaders of his party, Likud, on Monday: “This is an opportunity we cannot allow to pass us by … to apply sovereignty to the territory of our homeland. We have a historic opportunity that we haven’t had since 1948 to apply sovereignty wisely in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], as a diplomatic and sovereign step,” he said, describing the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967 as part of Eretz Israel, the biblical Land of Israel.

His words disprove the rumors of a slowdown in his plan for unilateral annexation beginning on July 1, on account of warnings........

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