LISTENSovereignty Setback: Who Burst Bibi's Annexation Bubble?

Days after the self-defined target date for annexation, Netanyahu appears to have cooled to the idea. What, or who, persuaded him to drop the idea? LISTEN FREE

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An Israeli border police officer jumps during a Palestinian protest near Nablus against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank, on July 3, 2020.

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer, five days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's self-declared target date of July 1 for imposition of Israeli sovereignty over 30 percent of the West Bank passed like so much tumbleweed.

We examine the real reasons why the prime minister has shelved his plan, why he fears a Biden presidency and how his government has snatched a coronavirus catastrophe from the jaws of triumph.

Sovereignty Setback: Who Burst Bibi's Annexation Bubble?Credit: Haaretz

We also discuss the response of Palestinians to the plan, the international medias ongoing obsession with annexation and what role Netanyahu's criminal trial will play in the whole affair.

Recommended related reading:

Many Will Take Credit, but This Is the Real Reason Netanyahu Delayed His Annexation Plan / Anshel Pfeffer

For Palestinians, From Hebron to Nablus, Annexation Is Already Here. A Journey Through the West Bank / Anshel Pfeffer

'Israel Has Days to Contain Coronavirus Outbreak, or Health Services Could Collapse' / Amos Harel