Let’s cut through the confusion.
When the Government meets next Sunday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can have the doors closed, pull out a map delineating the areas within which Israel is applying Israeli law and hold a snap vote after a short discussion.
And it is over.
No marathon session affording elements outside the room to intervene.
No Knesset procedures fraught with the very real possibility of providing the Supreme Court with grounds for voiding the move.
A lot of talking heads are focusing on Paragraph 28 of the coalition agreement between the Likud and Blue and White (my translation appears below).
But Paragraph 28 does not matter.
Only Paragraph 29 matters.
And the wording is very careful. It refers to “agreement reached with the United States on the application of sovereignty”.
“Decisions about Israeli and extending sovereignty in other places are decisions for the Israelis to make”
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo JUNE 24, 2020
The United States has stated repeatedly for the record that it is up to Israel to decide on this matter.
And I am certain that Binyamin Netanyahu agrees to that!
Could there be a downside to a snap move?
I answer the question with a question: Is there any scenario according to which candidate Trump would benefit by reacting unfavorably to the snap vote?
All the other considerations were already on the table when time and again Mr. Netanyahu promised that he was going to apply sovereignty.
It is now or never.
For the sake of our collective futures I pray that it is now.
16 April 2020 A coalition agreement for the establishment of an emergency and national unity government Held and signed on April 20, 2020 22 Nissan 5768 between- Likud faction in the 23rd Knesset (hereinafter: “Likud”) and the Blue and White Faction in the 23rd Knesset (“Blue and White”)…
28. The Prime Minister and the Alternate Prime Minister will work together and coordinated to promote peace agreements with all of our neighbors and promote regional cooperation in a variety of economic areas and the matter of the corona crisis.
With regard to everything to President Trump’s declaration, the Prime Minister and Alternate Prime Minister will act in full agreement with the United States, including with regard to the maps with the US and international dialogue on the issue, all while pursuing the security and strategic interests of the State of Israel and the need for maintaining regional stability, maintaining the peace agreements and striving for future peace agreements.
29. Notwithstanding Article 3, Article 20, Article 21 and Article 28 above, and after a discussion and consultation are held between the Prime Minister and the Alternate Prime Minister on the principles set out above, the Prime Minister will be able to bring the agreement reached with the United States on the application of sovereignty as of 1.7.2020 for discussion in the cabinet and government and for approval by the government and/or the Knesset.
If the Prime Minister wants to bring his proposal to the Knesset, he can also do so through an MK, provided that he is from the Likud faction, who would commit at the preliminary reading that the legislation be amended tothe same wording as presented by the Prime Minister in the cabinet and government. After the preliminary reading, and if it is a government bill after the first reading, the law will be passed as soon as possible, in the quickest possible way, and in a way that will not disrupt and delay the process by the chairman of the Knesset Committee and the Knesset committee to debate it is the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Subject to the foregoing, the Appendix on the Coalition’s Ways of Operation shall not apply for the purposes of this article.