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Bennett's rhetoric can't conceal Israel's colonial land grab

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is playing with words to advance the colonial state's de-facto annexation of the occupied West Bank. In an interview with the New York Times, Bennett used spin about compromise which amounted to nothing other than promoting colonial expansion while retreating on formalising another land grab.

"This government will neither annex nor form a Palestinian state, everyone gets that," Bennett said. "I'm prime minister of all Israelis, and what I'm doing now is finding the middle ground – how we can focus on what we agree upon."

While diverging political views among Israelis may have prompted Bennett to shift towards a compromise, particularly as his is a coalition government, the issue at stake is still the colonisation of Palestinian land. Moreover, the Palestinians have been removed from the equation.

Bennett's euphemism for colonial expansion in the occupied West Bank is "natural growth". Whether annexation happens formally or not, the aim is clear: Israel will not allow a Palestinian state to emerge, and land grabs are the only way to ensure the fragmentation of Palestinian territory. Israel's collusion with international institutions on this point has made a mockery of the Palestinian Authority's illusory state-building.