Israel uses ‘Judea and Samaria governorate’ to refer to West Bank  – Middle East Monitor

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With the Israeli authorities’ use of the term “Governorate of Judea and Samaria” in official documents to refer to the occupied West Bank, the current concern that the occupation state is working towards the end of the The annexation of Palestine “quietly”.

A report from the Arab News today quoted a Palestinian expert on Israeli affairs, Ismat Mansour, who indicated that Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has implemented plans to annex the West Bank, and in doing so, has overcome legal hurdles. and political, including external pressures.

Mansour said that if Israel were to annex the West Bank, it might not affect the lives of three million Palestinians, but it would definitely affect the Palestinian Authority (PA) politically and legally, because the PA remains committed to a two-state solution. The West Bank will be inalienable and subject to Israeli law, he explained about Annexation.

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Last month, Smotrich tweeted “the citizens of Judea and Samaria will no longer be second-class citizens under a military government,” adding “At the same time, we will act with great determination to stop the illegal Arab takeover of the open territories in Judea and in Samaria. and establish a Palestinian state in the territory.”

Although the Israeli military has been using “Judea and Samaria Division” as a regional division of Israel’s Central Command for the West Bank since 1988, the term is gradually being normalized in civilian usage. “Palestinian drivers say tickets issued by Israeli traffic police bear the ‘Judea and Samaria governorate’ logo when traveling between Palestinian cities, and some road and place signs have been changed to carry the new name,” he noted. the report. .

The international community does not recognize Israel’s use of the term “Judea and Samaria”. The United Nations and most countries, including the US, refer to the area as the “Palestinian occupied territories.” The Palestinians view the use of “Judea and Samaria” as a denial of their historical and cultural ties to the area and as an attempt to legitimize Israel’s occupation and Judaize the area.

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