Israel has erected ‘a formal, full-fledged apartheid regime’

People gather to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Saeed Qaq - Anadolu Agency]

Israel has erected "a formal, full-fledged apartheid regime," the editorial of Haaretz newspaper said yesterday, in a stark warning about the direction of the occupation state. Drawing attention to measures introduced by the far-right government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, Haaretz's editorial said that they include the contentious decision to grant Israel's finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, control over the occupied West Bank. For decades, Israel has governed the occupied Palestinian territories beyond the 1949 Green (Armistice) Line through a military administration. Indeed, that is a "principle of international law". An agreement was reached during January's coalition talks, however, to place the occupied territories under civilian rule. READ: Netanyahu warned about repercussions of transferring West Bank authority to Smotrich "Once the agreement […] Source

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