Netanyahu: No Change in Annexation Plans After UAE Peace

UAE leader presents deal as meant to stop annexations

A major peace deal between Israel and the UAE is raising questions about what it means for annexations of Palestine, with both sides telling very different stories, and no official word as of yet.

UAE officials presented this in a statement as done specifically to stop Israeli annexation of Palestine, and made peace with Israel a secondary goal. This was roughly how some American officials presented it, saying Israel had to choose peace or annexation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the annexation is still on the table, and that there was no change at all in plans from the peace. Other Israeli officials told a different story, with pro-settler groups presenting peace as a betrayal of annexation.

Naftali Bennett, a sometimes ally of Netanyahu, complained he’d traded away annexation for peace. His main coalition partner has no clue on the deal, and that’s reportedly at the request of the US not to inform them of it.

There is no public document of the agreement yet, so it’s impossible to know for sure. The suggestion seems to be annexation is put off, for now, in return for the deal, but not permanently precluded in the future.

Author: Jason Ditz

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