As top officials reassure their Palestinian counterparts annexation is coming no time soon, everyone is banking on Israel’s March elections
By Yossi Melman | 29 January 2020
MIDDLE EAST EYE — From a strict security point of view, Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and practically all Arab governments share the same estimate that the Trump Middle East plan is bad and so dangerous that it could set the region in flames.
Over the past week, Israeli security chiefs have expressed a growing concern that if the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu fulfills its Donald Trump-supported promise to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements, the West Bank and Gaza Strip could explode.
In secret meetings Israeli security officials from the Shin Bet domestic security agency and military tried to calm down their Palestinian counterparts, urging them to wait and not rush to unilateral decisions.
The major Israeli security concern is that the PA leadership will decide to stop its security cooperation with the occupying Israeli forces. […]