Unfastening Israel's future from the occupation: Israeli plans for partial annexation of West Bank territory

Merav Amir*

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Israeli plans to partially annex West Bank territory have mainly been perceived as frustrating the two-state solution, and as putting Palestine/Israel on a path leading to the one-state alternative. This paper analyses partial annexation plans without assuming that the future of Palestine/Israel would necessarily abide by either statist resolution. It argues that by ostensibly distancing Israel's hold of the West Bank from an identifiable configuration of a belligerent occupation, partial annexation is offered to Jewish Israelis as a path for detaching the futurity of the two nations, and as a trajectory for normalising the Israeli state, without having to make what much of this public would see as painful concessions. It further explores settlers’ objections to such plans, claiming that even a partial incorporation of West Bank territory into formal Israel is expected to erode the exclusivity of Jewish domination which Israel has been upholding in its settler-colonial frontier.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1496-1516
Number of pages21
Issue number5
Early online date27 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2023


  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • settler colonialism
  • annexation
  • West Bank
  • Occupation
  • Area C

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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