PEACE NOW: The Government of Unequivocal Annexation: Deepening of the Settlement Project, Dispossession and Oppression


Peace Now Report: Settlement Watch Project, June 2022

One year of the Israeli government headed by Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett 

Introduction:

The Bennett-Lapid government started its tenure on the 13/6/21 with the statement that it would keep a status quo in everything regarding the occupation. Prime Minister Bennett said in his speech: “Israel will neither annex territory nor establish a Palestinian state”. Because of the multifaceted government, which includes parties from the left as well as the right, it was expected that the government would take a balanced approach and wouldn’t neither annex aggressively nor take anti-occupation steps. 

But, a year after the government is founded, it can be clearly stated that the policy of this current government not only continues the policies set by the previous Netanyahu governments, but deepens the settlements project, the dispossession and the oppression of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. 

This government furthers a policy of expansion and further building in the settlements and their infrastructure for Israeli settlers on the one hand, and a policy of preventing planning and building permits, house demolitions and restrictions infringing upon freedoms of Palestinians on the other hand. This process leads to annexation de facto and creating a binational apartheid state. This process has been accelerated without any discussion or disagreement within the coalition.

The parties in the coalition that explicitly support the two-state solution have not shown interests in issues concerning the occupation, did not make demands, did not pose objections and hardly protested these dangerous steps led by the government (save a few disparate voices). As opposed to previous governments there was no governmental mechanism or forum for decision making regarding the occupation.

In the absence of such a forum, ministers in the government could single handily make far-reaching steps within their jurisdiction. The Minister of Housing furthered the plan in Atarot, which has a significant strategic implication for Palestinian continuity and the prospects of the two-state solution. He also published a tender for a new settlement near Ariel, a far-reaching step, among other things. In his authority as the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs he deepened the settlements in East Jerusalem. In addition, the Minister of Defense had largely and an uninterrupted manner, used his authority in the Occupied Territories without any consultation within the government. 

The supporters of the two-state solution in the government have not been acting to stop these actions, did not demand to be consulted and left the policies regarding the occupation to those who support the settlement project. Beyond that, those who support the settlement project in the government have been defended and legitimized by the Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who used his image as a moderate to explain and justify this policy of intensified annexation when faced with international critique. 

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