Israel ‘annexation’ bill draws fresh concern for two-state solution

A bill that critics say would amount to de facto annexation of Israeli settlements surrounding Jerusalem is expected to go before ministers on Sunday, drawing harsh criticism from Palestinians and those hoping to salvage the two-state solution. The bill would absorb major Israeli settlements currently in the occupied West Bank into Jerusalem by enlarging the city limits.
 
Its opponents argue that it is a step towards full unilateral annexation of the West Bank settlements affected — a move that would be sure to spark international outrage. For the vast majority of the international community, the status of Israel’s settlements, built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state, are to be decided in peace negotiations.
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