Reasonableness - Out, Annexation - In
Dear Friends, 

There is a direct connection to be drawn between the Israeli government’s judicial overhaul and practical implications for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The revoking of the “unreasonableness doctrine” this month – framed as the least controversial of proposed judicial reforms – will provide far-right ministers in Israel’s government significant maneuverability as they expedite a policy of de-facto annexation in the West Bank. Despite warnings from throughout the international community, Israel appears determined to forge ahead. 

The Two State Index drops -0.5% from 4.97 to 4.94 this month. Scroll through the headlines below for in-depth analysis on how developments this month impacted the feasibility of the two-state solution.



July at a Glance:

  • In Revoking Reasonableness Clause, Israeli Gov’t Solidifies Unprecedented West Bank Powers Handed to Civilian Minister: Why Ministerial decisions which don't violate specific laws - such as those pertaining to equitable West Bank planning and construction - will now be more difficult to review.

  • After First Judicial Reform is Passed, What Is Left for Biden to Leverage a Horizon for Peace? US counting on a Saudi-Israeli normalization agreement as major foreign policy triumph for all parties - but Netanyahu must contend with the priorities of his coalition vis-a-vis the West Bank.

  • Israel Moves to Expand West Bank Annexation Policies to Areas Under PA Authority: Crackdown on Palestinian construction, major budget allocations for infrastructure and archaeological preservation tighten Israeli grip on Area C.

  • Israeli Ministers Vote To ‘Prevent Collapse’ Of PA As It Moves to Re-Assert Authority In Jenin Following Raid: Vote highlights how PA and Oslo serve Israeli interests and maintainence of status quo.

These events decreased the Two State Index by -0.5% in June (down 0.03 points from 4.97 to 4.94)