As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex parts of the occupied West Bank next month, with support from the U.S., Palestinians find themselves with no recourse to stop Israel from grabbing the land they seek for a state. So Palestinian leaders are embracing a risky method of protest.
They declared last month they’re no longer bound by the 1990s-era peace accords that govern Israeli-Palestinian relations, and have begun refusing to coordinate with Israel on matters of daily Palestinian life, from tax collection to policing to cancer treatments — arrangements they’ve found humiliating.
As Palestinian leaders see it, Israel — by moving to annex territory instead of negotiating its fate — is not holding up its side of the peace agreements. So the Palestinians will stop holding up theirs.
“This is an issue in which we cannot be silent on,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said in a June 9 briefing with reporters. “Annexation is an existential threat for our future.”
Shtayyeh said the threat of annexation requires Palestinians to make sacrifices, but vowed not to resort to violence.