Leftist Lawmaker Taunts Netanyahu to Annex ‘West Bank’ Already

Netanyahu has faced much criticism, from both left and right, for shying away from implementing right-wing policy

During a recent Knesset debate over the so-called "Sovereignty Law" that would apply Israeli civil law to the "West Bank" (Judea and Samaria), the Netanyahu government was taunted over its unwillingness to actually implement core right-wing ideology.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often paid lip-service to the Jewish settlement enterprise and the fact that Judea and Samaria are Israel's biblical heartland, but has for over a decade shied away from anything that hinted of annexation.

That, according to left-wing lawmaker Yoel Hasson (Labor), makes Netanyahu a hypocrite.

During the debate, Hasson told Netanyahu and his cabinet, "Annex! Follow through! Don't make it a creeping annexation. Go with the ideological truth of the true right."

With a mocking tone he continued: "You are a government of cowards who won't implement the ideology you claim to believe in."

Watch Hasson's rant (Hebrew only):

PHOTO: MK Yoel Hasson is restrained during a heated session at the Knesset Interior Affairs Committee. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

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