Boris Johnson has to stand up to Netanyahu’s annexation plans – for the sake of the Palestinians and peace
Western democratic leaders will sooner or later have to act over plans for areas of the occupied West Bank
By Donald Macintyr
Whatever Boris Johnson’s troubles, he can always comfort himself that unlike the prime minister of a British ally 3,000 miles away, he’s not running the country while simultaneously being tried on corruption charges.
But a difference between Johnson and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is the latter’s political nous, most recently deployed in his use of Israel’s own Covid-19 crisis, though less grave and better managed than the UK’s, to serve his primary goal: staying in office and out of prison (Netanyahu denies all charges against him).
After an inconclusive election, Netanyahu persuaded his main opponent Benny Gantz to join a “unity” government, ostensibly to deal with the coronavirus crisis. But to become defence minister (and in 18 months prime minister in the “rotation” envisaged by the coalition agreement) Gantz paid a heavy price – not for himself but for regional stability.