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Did John Kerry write this?

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Submitted by Zeev (Israel), May 10, 2020 at 03:00

"First, President Trump could well erupt in fury at Israel for unilaterally taking that step."
They apparently cleared it with Trump. Trump may be gone is 6 months...

"Second, annexation would alienate and weaken Israel's diminishing number of friends in the Democratic Party and in Europe."
Israel is a line-item in the US budget. The 3 billion in military "aid" must now all be spent in the USA and the US gets access to all the Israeli upgrades. The deal also gives the US veto power to all arms sales to China (and anyone else)

Israel's medium term plan (25+ years from now) could be to de-couple from the US. China, by then, will be advanced enough and rich enough to give Israel 3 billion in military aid (that mostly must be spent in China) and get exclusive access to Israeli military technology (as the US now enjoys). China is the long-term bet. The China-Israel seeds are already planted.

"Third, as the threat from Iran has grown in recent years, the Israeli government has successfully managed to expand ties with the Sunni Arab states, especially those bordering the Persian Gulf."
I do not think the Saudi and Persian Gulf street cares about the Palestinians. They hate Israel and this will never change.

"Fourth, annexation would most likely lead to Palestinian fury that could well destabilize Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. "
Destabilize Jordan? They hate the Palestinians, how does this destabilize Jordan, which is already under the heavy hand of the King? The West Bank Arabs have just as good a chance as being happy about the outcome. Destabilize Gaza?

"Fifth, annexation is sure to alienate Israel's Left, which would lead at a minimum to a vicious political battle and probably to a contingent of Israeli Zionists turning anti-Zionist, with some Israelis leaving the country in disgust."
What is the logic here? "a vicious political battle"?... "a contingent of Israeli Zionists turning anti-Zionist"? Most disgusted Israelis have already left for Canada, Australia and Germany. Gantz/Bibi/Peretz just formed a Government

"Sixth, annexation would be likely to make more Palestinians eligible to become citizens of Israel."

How so?

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Proselytism [110 words]
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Reynald de ChatillonJun 4, 2020 02:06259112
1Raynald: The Jewish uprising of 115-117 AD [203 words]dhimmi no moreJun 5, 2020 07:24259112
Judea and Samaria by any other [31 words]
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I disagree! [62 words]RachelMay 31, 2020 10:53259079
2Always keep in mind Ben-Gurion's old maxim [43 words]
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G MarcusMay 24, 2020 14:28259037
Anti-Semites will always complain [397 words]There is NO Santa ClausMay 28, 2020 09:35259037
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two questions [483 words]
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1Israel Reunited [103 words]Andy MMay 10, 2020 03:40258889
1Did John Kerry write this? [357 words]ZeevMay 10, 2020 03:00258888
Looking out for [35 words]RealityCheckMay 10, 2020 00:22258886
2Israel needs the Jordan Valley for its security [106 words]Jeffrey SheffMay 9, 2020 23:07258885
1Disagree [76 words]Ariel claudeMay 9, 2020 20:16258883
1Wise Advice. [185 words]S. BermanMay 8, 2020 23:19258876
3"Annexation Now" is an indispensable step in the Israel Victory Plan that you advocated all along [48 words]
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G MarcusMay 8, 2020 16:55258872
1Annexation of parts of West Bank and Jordan Valley is a real and decisive step toward Israel's Victory. [27 words]Vadim AnshelevichMay 7, 2020 21:45258862
1Trump will not erupt in fury if Israel works together with him in annexing parts of the west bank [132 words]JimmyMay 7, 2020 21:05258861
1Annexation maybe, but a larger point remains [223 words]ThomasMay 7, 2020 20:43258860
2Have To Disagree, Mr. Pipes [90 words]Gary SackMay 7, 2020 16:03258855
3Remember the spies - G-d Bless Caleb and Joshua [581 words]Kenneth MathewsMay 7, 2020 15:42258854
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9Great points, but here's a devil's advocacy [350 words]DaveMay 7, 2020 12:01258848

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