Secessionist Move Calls for Dividing Israel into Two States

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New Israeli secessionist move called on Monday, 7 August 2023 for dividing Israel into two states one religious and the other secular.

The separatist movement was founded by the former officer in the Israeli troops Nitzan Amit, 33. He formulated the move after concluding that “Israel is heading towards the abyss.”

According to the separatist movement’s plan, Israel should be separated into two different states, one in the northern province called ‘New Israel’ in which secular Israelis live, and the ‘Judea’ state in the south including settlements in the West Bank in which religious Israelis live.

The two countries can be linked by a federal union or a confederation in which the two countries participate in defense and economy, according to Amit.

Amit declared that “Israeli society is completely torn due to what is happening today.”

According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, ‘The New Israel’ will include the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee, and most of the coastal plain cities, including Haifa, Netanya, Tel Aviv, and Rishon Lezion, and its total population will be approximately 5.5 million, according to the partition plan the proposed by the secessionist move.

Furthermore, the rest of the country will be under the control of the State of ‘Judea’ where the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Beersheba, Bnei Brak, Ashdod, Petah Tikva, and Ashkelon, among others, will live.

It’s worth noting that Israeli settlers held rallies for the 26th week in a row in protest against the judicial reforms proposed by the far-right government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Earlier in January, Justice Minister Yariv Levin proposed reforms that would be the most radical change in the system of government in Israel. The proposed changes will severely limit the power of the Supreme Court, give the government the power to choose judges, and end the appointment by the Attorney General of legal advisers to ministries.

Moreover, if the Israeli Knesset passed the proposed legislation Netanyahu and any other politicians facing criminal charges will not be liable for prosecution. Israeli court accused prime minister, Netanyahu of corruption to avoid charges although he denies all of the allegations against him.

Nearly 50,000 people, including people from non-governmental organizations, lawyers, and the technology sectors, took part in the weekly demonstrations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading the most right-wing and religious government Israel has had since its establishment, with Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich — two far-right politicians known for racist and Jewish supremacist rhetoric — serving as senior ministers.

Ben-Gvir’s Jewish Power party and Smotrich’s Religious Zionism party together hold 15 seats in the Knesset and are key members of Netanyahu’s coalition.

Ben-Gvir, an ultranationalist, is serving as the Netanyahu government’s national security minister. He was convicted in 2007 of supporting a terror organization and inciting racism.

Smotrich, a radical right-wing politician who has also expressed anti-LGBTQ views, is serving as the finance minister and as a Defence Ministry minister in charge of civilian affairs in the occupied West Bank.

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