Israel is only days away from starting to annex Palestinian lands in the West Bank and there seems to be no power out there to stop it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the July 1 as the day when the Jewish state would start annexing nearly one-third of the occupied West Bank.
The US has already announced its conditional support for the Israeli annexation plan, though the UN and several countries have condemned it and critics say Netanyahu still lacks a workable plan.
The US effectively gave its blessing for applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley and West Bank last year in President Donald Trump’s so-called Middle East peace plan.
That plan proposed to leave Palestine with the remaining 70 percent of the West Bank, along with Gaza and part of East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Palestinians, who claim these lands in their entirety, have rejected the terms.
The state of Israel however wants to go much deeper and it’s religiously motivated agenda aims to ultimately occupy not only all the Palestinian lands but also many other Arab areas.
For now, the United States has told Netanyahu that it will back the annexation of Palestinian lands as per Trump’s plan if he can reach an agreement with his coalition partner, Benny Gantz.
UN experts and West condemn Israeli annexation plan
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and built dozens of settlements, which are widely considered to be illegal by the international community.
The UN experts have said the Israeli plan to gobble more Palestinian land amounts to a “vision of a 21st Century apartheid” and will only intensify human rights violations against Palestinians.
A group of around 50 UN human rights specialists warned that the move would be a grave violation of international law and reinforce an “already unjust reality”.
“What would be left of the West Bank would be a Palestinian Bantustan, islands of disconnected land completely surrounded by Israel and with no territorial connection to the outside world,” they said.
Britain, the key culprit behind the creation of state of Israel through force and deceit, has issued a statement opposing the Netanyahu’s plan.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that annexation of parts of the West Bank would “amount to a breach of international law”.
Reiterating his government’s view, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has also said that such a move would be illegal.
Germany is country where the alleged massacre of Jews came at the hands of Adolf Hitler which was used to justify the creation of Israel.
Though many challenge the narrative of concentration camps and mass murder of Jews in Hitler’s Germany, but Jews are so powerful that they have made almost all European states make laws that bar contesting the claims about the Jewish massacre.
Can Arabs stop Israel from annexation of Palestinian lands?
Jordan, which is the country to be affected most by the Israeli annexation plan, has called it unacceptable.
Speaking to US senators by video conference on Tuesday, King Abdullah of Jordan said it poses risk to stability in the Middle East.
The creation of an “independent, sovereign and viable Palestinian state” with East Jerusalem as its capital is essential for peace in the region, he told US congressmen.
“Any unilateral Israeli measure to annex lands in the West Bank is unacceptable and undermines the prospects of achieving peace and stability in the region,” the royal palace said in a statement.
Jordan, which shares a border with Israel, is one of just two Arab states to sign a peace treaty with Israel.
Several other Gulf nations also issued statements opposing the annexation on Tuesday.
Kuwait’s permanent delegate to the UN Jamal Al Ghunaim stated the move would mark a “new chapter” in illegal settlements on Arab lands.
He also highlighted the “mounting obligation” on the international community to intervene and prevent further abuses by Israel.
Saudi Arabia’s council of ministers backed the kingdom’s absolute support for the Palestinians and called Israeli annexation plan a flagrant violation of the UN Charter and international law.
Will any Arab or European country effectively intervene?
The simple answer to this question is a ‘No’ and here is why.
Israel is too powerful to be offended for the European countries and too powerful to be challenged by Arab nations.
Besides strong financial presence of Jews in almost all major Western countries, they have strong lobbies there that ensure the protection of Israeli interests.
As for the Arabs, they are led by inept leaders and are no match to Israel militarily. Israel defeated rather humiliated the Arab armies in all the wars in the past and they continue to be far inferior to their Israeli counterparts.
Iraq, Syria and Libya – the Arab countries that had noticeable military strength – are in ruins due to the wars imposed by the US and its allies.
Egypt, which has some military strength, is neither strong enough nor courageous enough to pose any challenge to Israeli might.
Iran, a non-Arab country in the region which has some military capacity, won’t ever come into any direct clash with the Israelis for two reasons.
One, the Shia majority Tehran considers Palestine to be primarily a problem of Sunni Arab, its arch rivals.
Two, Iran has already been under international sanctions for years because of its nuclear program and it does not have the capacity to sustain an all-out war with a country with one of the most advanced weapons in the world.
Position of Palestinians on Israeli annexation plan
In mid-May, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas ended security cooperation with Israel, stating that the annexation plan showed Israel is no longer honoring previous agreements.
He visited Ramallah on Tuesday after Palestinian authorities accused Israel of an incursion into the West Bank city.
Israeli forces “searched three houses inside Ramallah, but did not make any arrests,” spokesman for the Palestinian interior ministry Ghassan Nimr said.
Sources in Palestine’s security services say they have been destroying secret files in case of Israeli raids on their offices if the annexation goes ahead.
During the second Palestinian uprising against Israeli rule in the early 2000s, Israeli security forces repeatedly raided the offices of Palestinian security services and removed confidential documents.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh recently warned of a “hot summer” if annexation goes ahead.
During the visit to Ramallah he said the plan represents “an existential threat to the Palestinian people.”
But Palestinians know well that they have been left alone and they cannot stop the powerful aggressor from snatching their lands. So, they are helpless, hopeless and desperate.