Israeli Lawmakers Disagree on Borders

A new plan has created controversy amongst lawmakers in Israel. The plan is from a political leader, calls for Israel to annex sections of the West Bank and has triggered a debate that has become angry in the country.

This has exposed the serious divisions the coalition government has over the peace process moving forward with the Palestinians.

The debate comes following the reconciliations between political factions with the Palestinians, which were the cause of the breakdown with Israel in the latest peace talks.

Israel said it did not want to work with the new Palestinian government that was supported by Hamas, an organization Israel has designated as being terrorist. Hamas is in charge of the Gaza Strip.

Naftalie Bennett a member of the Jewish Home party and the economy minister in Israel said the Oslo era is over. He was referring to the accords forged in the 1990s in Oslo.

During a speech, Bennett spoke of the “Security Plan.” It was unveiled first during his campaign a couple of years ago.

The plan says Israel would gradually annex Area C in its entirety. That Area comprises over 60% of the entire West Bank and makes up almost all of the controversial settlement set up by the Jews.

The plan that he calls a sovereignty plan also would offer the Palestinian population in Area C Israel citizenship, which is estimated at 50,000 by Bennett and as high as 300,000 by the United Nations.

However, Bennett said if the Palestinians who lived there chose to not become a citizen, but a resident, they would still have status.

The plan by Bennett would give the Palestinians complete autonomy over the other two sections, Area A and B. It would also allow free flowing of people and all goods between the two areas through highways and connecting bridges that would tie together the zones that are for the most part are non-contiguous.

The plan gives Israel control of the Jordan Valley as well as east Jerusalem. It would not give the right of return to many millions of Palestinians who are refugees.

The Oslo II accord in 1995 broke up the West Bank into three different zones.

The Palestinians want a future state that encompasses all of the Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as the capital.

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