“The Netanyahu-led government in Israel is reaching the point where it can begin annexing parts of the West Bank. Beginning July 1, the Israeli government will be able to vote on annexation. It is not a question of whether annexation of West Bank territory is a smart policy decision — it is not. However, even if it were a smart policy decision, supporters of annexation need to show why this is a smart decision during a pandemic. The potential effects of such a move demonstrate why annexation during an uncertain time should be avoided.”

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Zach Schenk is the chair of IPF Atid Washington, D.C.