Israel undeterred by international opposition to annexation

Palestinians laborers line up to cross a checkpoint at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as this week. His vision of redrawing the map of the Holy Land is in line with President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan. It has been welcomed by Israel’s religious and nationalist right wing and condemned by the Palestinians and the international community. Netanyahu’s opponents have offered little more than empty condemnations, so there seems little to prevent the Israeli premier from embarking on a plan that could permanently alter the Mideast landscape.