Israel Debates Annexing West Bank, Warns Gazans Will Be Shot if They Come Close to Border Fence
Israeli lawmakers have debated a proposal based on which the regime would annex parts of the West Bank occupied in the 1967 war.
Hawkish lawmaker Aryeh Eldad brought forward the proposal last week and it was debated in a Knesset meeting organized by Likud on alternatives to the U.S.-backed two-state solution.
If the plan is ratified, some parts of the West Bank which are populated by Palestinians would be handed over to Jordan.
The idea, however, sparked controversy with Jordan summoning Israeli Ambassador to demand explanation.
Eldad, who is known for his extremist stance, had earlier told Knesset that Palestinians must be granted Jordanian citizenship instead of pushing for creating a Palestinian state.
The proposal however has had supporters; for example Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon backed it arguing that peace plans based on returning occupied territories to Palestinians had been failed.
The U.S.-backed “Roadmap” peace plan proposes the creation of two states, one for Palestinians and other for Jews. Although Israel has vowed to abide by the plan, the new Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu has so far refused to show commitment to the regime’s previous agreements.
Israeli aircrafts dropped exploding boxes full of leaflets across the Gaza Strip today, littering the tiny enclave with threats to shoot any Gazans who come within 300 meters of the border fence. The exploding boxes themselves caused a casualty, injuring a 12 year old in eastern Gaza City. The boxes also damaged several homes across the area.
The Israeli military has shot multiple Gaza civilians since the end of its invasion of the strip, including several farmers whose fields were close to the border. The warning is raising concern that civilians will be in greater danger in upcoming days. >>>