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Annexation: Resources and Reading

July 8, 2020
Posted by: Karen Stiller, Middle East Project Director

Anxiety about whether or not Israel will annex or extend sovereignty to parts or all of the West Bank has led to tremendous speculation and concern. To help the community parse the discussion, JCRC has gathered a compendium of the most informed analysis.

Congressional Letters

MAY 12 LETTER | Reps. Murphy (D), Kaine (D), Van Hollen (D), Schatz (D), Leahy (D), Durbin (D), Brown (D), Baldwin (D), Merkley (D), Udall (D), etc.
“…we write to express our grave concern with provisions in the recently concluded government agreement to consider unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory as early as this July. Such an action would mark a dramatic reversal of decades of shared understandings between the United States, Israel, the Palestinians and the international community, and would have severe ramifications for both Israel’s future and our vital bilateral and bipartisan relationship. … Annexation would betray our shared democratic values by denying Palestinians’ right to self-determination in a viable, sovereign, independent and contiguous state.”

JUNE 16 LETTER | Reps. Schakowsky (D), Deutch (D), Price (D), Schneider(D), Hoyer (D), etc.
 “We believe unilateral annexation, and unilateral action by any side, would jeopardize long-standing efforts to achieve a viable two-state solution that addresses the aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians, and their desire for long-term security and a just, sustainable peace.”

JUNE 22 LETTER | McCarthy (R), Scalise (R), Cheney (R), McCaul (R) Rodgers (R), Zeldin (R), Kustof (R), etc.
“We are aware of and deeply concerned by threats being expressed by some to retaliate against Israel as it makes decisions to ensure defensible borders. It is shortsighted to threaten relations with Israel, a long-time friend and critical ally that shares our democratic values. We support the Trump administration’s engagement with Israel on the Vision for Peace Plan, which was based on the critical premise that Israel should never be forced to compromise its security. We assure you that we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel and oppose any effort to apply pressure.”

Organizational Statements

Alliance for Middle East Peace
American Jewish Committee
Portland JCRC
Progressive Israel Network
Rabbinical Assembly
Reform Action Center


Webinars & Podcasts

Israel Policy Forum

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

JCRC of Greater Charlotte

  • Annexation 101 with Dr. Michael Koplow, 05/26/20. To view additional IPF materials on proposed Annexation maps, click here. (1 hour)

JCRC of Greater Washington

Jewish Federations of North America

Presbyterians for Middle East Peace

General Background and Historical Background

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, History of the State of Israel
Israel Policy Forum: Annexation watch
S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, Interactive Maps
White House: Peace to Prosperity, A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People
Washington Institute: Settlements and Solutions
Washington Institute: Interactive Map
Washington Institute: Exploring the Two State Solution with David Makovsky


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