The transformative legacy of Mr. Status Quo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a conference organized by the Jewish Agency at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, October 25, 2009. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Early during Netanyahu’s term as prime minister, I argued that his rise signified a strategic choice by Israelis to maintain the so-called “status quo” of control over millions of Palestinians. Almost everything that has happened since has reaffirmed this observation — or more accurately, everything that didn’t happen. The blockade of Gaza was never lifted; the Palestinian Authority remained a subcontractor for Israel in the occupied West Bank rather than a state in the making; settlement activities continued without Israel formally annexing any occupied territory; and the Knesset adopted the Jewish Nation-State Law, designed to prevent challenges to the state’s character by its Palestinian citizens while entrenching the superior status of the Jewish majority.

Source: The transformative legacy of Mr. Status Quo

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