This week, in speeches to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, it became clear that the plan will likely not accommodate a Palestinian state, or at least the sovereignty that attaches to statehood.
Hasan al-Kurd, one of the organizers of last year’s Great March of Return in Gaza, says the protests gave people in Gaza a reason to live. In a frank interview, he talks about the shocking number of casualties, how Hamas took over the nonviolent initiative, and what he would do differently today.
The prosecution of Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian human rights defender, over a social media post critical of the Palestinian authorities is another devastating blow for freedom of expression in Palestine, said Amnesty International ahead of his first court hearing on 28 March.
For some, Netanyahu’s remarks may sound as little more than an effort to reinforce Israel’s hold over the Golan. But for those who have been paying attention to Israeli political trends and recent policy discourse, it appears that Netanyahu is taking the first steps down a path that was unfortunately predictable: using the Golan example to support Israeli annexation of the West Bank.