Amona resident with Ofra background. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

JPost By: Tovah Lazaroff


Politics in 2017, much like what was in vogue last year, calls for diplomatic caution to be tossed to the wind.
Call it Israel’s Brexit, or a form of Trump-ism, but those curious about how a similar philosophy might play out in Israel, a county of 8.6 million that can’t afford isolationism, need look no further than Monday night’s Knesset vote.
It’s no accident that during the right-wing euphoria that erupted after the passage of the settlements regulation bill passage, MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) stood at the plenum’s podium and thanked US President Donald Trump, among others.
Politics in 2017, much like what was in vogue last year, call for diplomatic caution to be thrown to the wind. In this new era, politicians feel empowered to place national interests ahead of international ones. “It’s America first,” Trump said on Inauguration Day just last month.
Last night, the Right took a page out of his book and made it clear that Israel comes first regarding the communities of Judea and Samaria, otherwise known as the settlements in Area C of the West Bank.

Sixty politicians voted into law a measure that they were warned would bring down upon them the wrath of the International Criminal Court and would further isolate Israel in the international arena. Not only were they aware that it crossed a redline when it comes to annexation, but in fact they welcomed it as a step in the right direction of imposing sovereignty on Area C.

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