For years, issues concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were a marginalized subject in Israeli discourse. Now, a stark change has emerged and headlines in Israel are flooded with news covering events taking place in the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
Part of the reason is likely due to the fact that since his inauguration, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has adopted a position aiming to ‘shrink the conflict.’ This he hopes to do through policy initiatives that seek to increase prosperity and improve the general well-being of the Palestinians.
From the beginning, the unity coalition comprised of both left and right wing parties agreed to place their respective end-game aspirations for the conflict on hold to ensure that a functioning government could be maintained. Thus any decision which could unsettle the status quo would be placed aside – allowing the fragile government to focus on economic and civil topics in Israel.
Therefore, discourse on annexation and expanding Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as well as considering the prospects of a two-state solution and returning to permanent settlement negotiations with Ramallah, is off the table.
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