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Did John Kerry write this?

Reader comment on item: Annexing the West Bank Would Hurt Israel

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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