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With annexation on the horizon, Europe must not remain indifferent and apathetic

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After clinging on incessantly for years, the end is nigh for Europe’s two-statists. Armed with a new mandate, In July this year Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will actively seek to codify one of the most egregious acts of settler colonialism seen in decades: the unilateral annexation of 30 per cent of the West Bank.

The de jure annexation of the West Bank is supported by a majority of Jewish Israelis and by roughly 85 per cent of the Israeli Knesset. Though it has been touted by successive Israeli administrations since 1967, it has never been considered a real possibility until now. Rooted in the Allon Plan and accelerated by the Movement for Greater Israel and Gush Emunim, and later by the Sharon Plan and the Drobles Plan, annexation represents significant progress for Israel’s national project. With this progress, comes the ‘official’ death knell for the two-state paradigm. For Palestinians, it represents the further usurpation of the land of historic Palestine, the onset of a new Nakba, and yet another example of the failure of the international community to safeguard their plight. Its likely enactment come July will send shock waves across the world and has the potential to destabilise the Middle East at large.

While US policy on the issue has long been evident and has directly contributed to today’s reality, annexation for Europe presents an important conundrum: what do........

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