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How Israel's Annexation Strategy Will Prompt a Partnership Pivot

MIN READMar 9, 2020 | 10:00 GMT

In this Feb. 22, 2020, photo, the West Bank Israeli settlement of Elon Moreh can be seen on the slopes behind the Palestinian village of Azmut.

(JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images)

Over the next decade, Israel will pivot away from its close, pro-Western footing to a more independent one as its traditional allies pressure it to change its West Bank strategy. By the end of the 2020s, right-wing politics will gain the upper hand in Israel, expanding its annexationist trend in the Palestinian territories. But a territorially expanded Israel will not always find supportive allies in the United States and Europe, and its Western allies are likely to pressure Israel to reverse its West Bank strategy....

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