Recently, much attention has focused on Israel’s drift away from a two-state solution and toward annexation of the West Bank. But hard data shows that the Palestinian public has also clearly moved away from the classic compromise peace deal with its neighbors.
Annexation carries unclear benefits for Israel and potentially major costs. But the worst outcome is by no means certain, and numerous actors are capable of dissuading Israel from taking this fateful step.
What factors will shape Israel's decisionmaking, and how would unilateral annexation affect its relations with the Palestinians, Arab neighbors, Europe, and U.S. legislators?
New maps explore the scope of Israel’s potential moves next month, though domestic politics, unprecedented Gulf warnings, and other factors are raising questions about whether annexation will actually proceed.
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The Palestinians are withdrawing from peace deals, and Jordan could be next as Israel edges closer to appropriating land outright.