The Levy Committee Report
This report was commissioned under pressure from Israel's settler movement, and most of the discussion focuses on its implications for the settlements. Jeffrey Goldberg, however, is thinking about the Palestinians:
"What this means, if implemented, is simple: The Israeli government would treat West Bank land as if it were land in Israel proper (pre-1967 Israel). Now, of course, if Israel were to treat the land of the West Bank as part of Israel, it would necessarily follow that it would have to treat the people who live on that land as Israeli citizens, extending them full voting rights, just as it extends citizenship to people who live in Israel proper, regardless of ethnicity. So: The natural consequence of this notion, if it is carried through to law, would be to extend voting rights to the Palestinians of the West Bank. This would spell the end of Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy, but the right-wing in Israel seems more enamored of land-ownership than it does of such antiquated notions as, you know, Zionism"Given that it is only the occupation that allows Israel to keep the land while not extending civil rights to its inhabitants, there is no guarantee that Israel will accept this report. However, it could open the door to a strategy of imposing the cantonment settlement on the Palestinians, which has long been Netanyahu's preference. This line of thinking is a possible implication of this old interview with Knesset speaker Reiven Rivlin.