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The Truth About the ADL’s Position on Settlement Annexation

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avatar by Sharon Nazarian


A general view picture shows houses in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, in the West Bank, Feb. 15, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad / File.

In his article, “The ADL Distorts the Annexation Debate,” Stephen M. Flatow completely mischaracterizes our piece in The Forward. Contrary to Flatow’s assertion, the ADL’s piece never once mentions the prime minister of Israel. The focus of our piece was in reaction to the growing number of voices on the Israeli political right who, in the lead up to the Israeli election, advocated annexation, as well as the non-stop effort by some of those same voices to convince the Netanyahu government to engage in unrestricted expansion of settlements — both of which are intended to make a two-state solution impossible.

It is no accident that during the campaign, when the prime minister looked to pacify his right flank, he spoke of invoking sovereignty on settlements. It’s true that he did not call for annexation of the West Bank, and, as noted — despite Flatow’s claim — our piece never said anything suggesting he did. On the other hand, the prime minister talked about annexing not only the settlement blocs, but also outlying isolated settlements — which definitely was an attempt to pacify the annexationists.

In sum, it is not us who distorted the matter, but Flatow. Our message that this growing movement calling for annexation on the right, if ever pursued by the new government, would destroy the hopes of a two-state solution, remains an irrefutable one.


Sharon Nazarian
Senior Vice President, International Affairs
Anti-Defamation League

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