Why Does Israel Want To Annex The West Bank?

The Israeli-occupied West Bank is smaller than Delaware, but it was supposed to make up most of a future Palestinian state. Now, Israel is planning to annex parts of that territory – to officially make it part of Israel.

In this small area, Israel has already built more than 130 Israeli-only settlements, home to more 600,000 settlers with full rights as Israeli citizens. The Palestinians who live in the West Bank under Israeli military rule have no civil rights and no way to stop Israel taking more of that land.

But many say that if Israel does annex this land, that would be the end of any attempt to create an independent Palestinian state. So what happens to the millions of stateless Palestinians under Israeli rule?