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Netanyahu's Campaign Pledge to Annex West Bank Confirms: "Israel Is Greatest Threat to Region"

"This is no time for Congress to remain silent. Our elected officials must stand up to Trump’s empowerment of racism and authoritarianism in Israel"

WASHINGTON - In response to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent pledge to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, Rabbi Alissa Wise, acting Co-Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, said:

“Netanyahu’s desperate attempt at re-election, by pledging to take over the West Bank and annex the illegal settlements, comes at the expense of justice, rights and equality for Palestinians. It’s never been clearer that Trump is hand-in-hand with Netanyahu’s plans for annexation. Six weeks ago, bulldozers went into East Jerusalem’s Wadi Hummus neighborhood and destroyed more homes in a single day than since the beginning of the 1967 occupation. Fifty years later, Netanyahu is pledging annexation of this Palestinian land in a shameless bid at re-election.

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“This is no time for Congress to remain silent. Our elected officials must stand up to Trump’s empowerment of racism and authoritarianism in Israel—because it’s never been clearer that the greatest obstacle to peace in the Middle East is Israel.”

Rabbi Alissa Wise is available to speak with the media

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Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.

JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.

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