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The Shurat HaDin Roundtable: (from top left, clockwise) Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Vivian Bercovici, Alan Dershowitz, Dan Shapiro | Photo: From Shurat HaDin “Pulling the Annexation Trigger”

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan to enact part of the President Trump peace proposal, extending Israeli law to some portion of Judea and Samaria, including the major Israeli civilian blocks and the Jordan valley, has opened a global discussion. But even as Netanyahu hopes to move in the immediate future (perhaps in weeks), almost no details or maps have been released.

On June 25, Shurat HaDin—an Israeli law centre focused on fighting terrorists and their supporters through the legal system—set to offer some blue-chip perspectives on what we do know, streamed live to YouTube. It was dubbed Pulling the Annexation Trigger.

Opening remarks from American senator Ted Cruz followed by question and answers with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s former representative for international negotiations, and one of the leading architects of the “Peace to Prosperity Plan” for Israel/Palestine, lauded (by Trump) as the “Deal of the Century.”

Greenblatt spoke poignantly of being a part of the embassy move to Jerusalem, and positively of the Gulf Arab nations like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia: of their respect and graciousness regarding his visible Judaism, their helpfulness in consultations, and their general openness to the plan’s introduction.

The main theme of Greenblatt’s defense of the plan was directed at the critics, Palestinians, right-wing settler groups, and left-wing Americans: If this plan is flawed, show us your solution.

Finally, Shurat HaDin president, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, moderated a discussion that included American legal scholar Alan Dershowitz; Dan Shapiro, President Obama’s Ambassador to Israel; and Canada’s own Vivian Bercovici, ambassador to Israel under Prime Minister Harper, and now having made aliyah, a dual citizen.

Of the three speakers, Dershowitz and Bercovici supported, tentatively, an annexation, while Shapiro was strongly against it.  

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Shapiro began with a variation of the Pottery Barn principle: if Israel breaks the relative stability of the Palestinian Authority, it will be forced to take over all of Judea and Samaria, and finally face the choice of remaining democratic, or Jewish. He said it was that risk that kept Netanyahu against annexation for years. 

Shapiro predicted there would be no international support for annexation, and that it would demolish the bipartisan support in Washington that Israel has had for decades.

Most importantly, Shapiro said that annexation would break up Judea and Samaria in such a way that a Palestinian state would become impossible. He rounded out his case saying, “We still don’t even know what we’re talking about here. Nobody has seen a map of what’s being discussed… That is a very strange way to make a decision that could have major strategic, societal, and national security consequences.”

“I would amen that,” Bercovici said.

Cover page for the Pulling the Annexation Trigger roundtable | Photo: Shurat HaDin

Two other major points were roundly agreed on. First, that unilateral action was undesirable; second, that Trump’s proposal forced a crossroads for the Palestinians. Where Shapiro saw that as too risky a bet, Bercovici and Dershowitz considered it necessary to move from this stalemate, and a true test whether there exists moderate Palestinian leadership who want peace and a state.

Dershowitz argued that the annexation plan was codifying what are already the facts on the ground. He argued that in 1947, the proposed Jewish state was even less practical than the non-annexed land would be, but Ben Gurion wanted a state at any cost.

Dershowitz referred to all the two-state solutions accepted or proposed by Israel over the years. “The Palestinians refused to accept any of those. And the question is, what do you do when the Palestinians won’t sit down, and even come to the negotiating table with a plan that would result in a two-state solution?”

At one point, the ex-Harvard professor shouted at Shapiro, “What’s your suggestion for an alternative? I’m looking for an alternative!” 

Jason Greenblatt, one of the architects of the Trump team’s Peace to Prosperity plan | Photo: Shurat HaDin “Pulling the Annexation Trigger”

While Dershowitz and Shapiro came to the discussion for a fight, Bercovici spoke as though arguing with old friends on her back patio. She asserted that the Gulf Arab states needed to step up pressure on Palestinians to come to the table. She evoked Menachem Begin’s “proud Jew” in dismissing international politics as a driver for Israeli policy.

Finally, came the key agreement from the three: that the insurmountable obstacles to peace were the anti-Semitic vitriol and continued instigation of hatred and violence by Palestinian leaders, and their dishonesty to their own people about what was possible in a deal.

“If their dream of the Right of Return is never quashed,” Bercovici said, “if their dream of taking over Jerusalem is never quashed, then they’re not going to come to the table.”

With the panelists agreeing on much of the context, the main question regarding annexation seems to be: without any sign of a Palestinian negotiating partner, should Israel take steps to get her ship in order for the long haul, despite the risks Shapiro listed?

David Sachs is a political commentator and activist, and the bestselling author of The Flood, Safari, and Tragically Hip, Twisted: Illustrated Stories Inspired By Hip Songs. His blog and articles are at www.davidsachs.com

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