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Annexing the West Bank Will Destabilize Jordan

Netanyahu’s election promise won’t just hurt Israel, it will create chaos for its eastern neighbor and a diplomatic backlash too.

In the runup to the previous general election in Israel, in April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex all of the settlements in the West Bank, formally making them part of Israel proper. Netanyahu recently toyed with the idea of until the attorney general told him that he couldn’t. This tough talk on territorial seizures is, in part, intended as a quid pro quo with far-right parties to secure a law that would provide Netanyahu with immunity from prosecution for corruption.

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