Israeli sovereignty bid has Palestinians in a bind

Israel’s declared intention to apply sovereignty over some territories in Judea and Samaria is provoking a storm in the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, and to a lesser extent in other Arab states. The question before us is what might happen on the Palestinian side if Israel does indeed take the step to annex or apply sovereignty over parts of the West Bank.

The PA has already announced the cessation of security coordination with Israel. However, my discussions with Palestinian sources indicate that coordination continues in alternative ways, and IDF forces continue to operate in the PA territories with the knowledge of Palestinian security forces.

As long as Jordan’s border crossings are in Israel’s hands, the PA cannot detach itself from the security coordination with Israel. Without such cooperation, the PA’s leaders will not be able to cross over to Jordan, and that would sever their ties with the Arab world.


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