How could annexation change the West Bank?

July 1 is a date with the potential to reshape Israel, Palestine, and the rest of the Middle East.

Occupied West Bank

On July 1, Israel may begin plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank – as much as 30 percent. Annexation is illegal under international law and much of the world has condemned it.

So why might this controversial move happen now?

In today’s episode, Al Jazeera journalist Rania Zabaneh joins The Take from the occupied West Bank, and we hear from Israeli historian Gershom Gorenberg.

For more:

‘Everyone scared’: How Palestinians are preparing for annexation

UN, Arab League call on Israel to drop annexation plans

Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

The team:

Alexandra Locke produced this episode with Dina Kesbeh, Priyanka Tilve, Ney Alvarez, Amy Walters and Malika Bilal. Alex Roldan is the sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take‘s executive producer, and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera