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Alon Road in East Samaria Mountains south of Jerusalem

The Likud Central Committee voted Sunday night to support a proposal extending Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria — part of a long-drawn out process that has been years in the making involving endless debates in Knesset committees, subcommittees and more.

But Dr. Aaron Lerner, director of the Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA), pointed out this weekend in a “technical note” that he sent out as part of his regular bulletin that annexation actually requires no legislation at all — just a simple government vote.

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“To be clear:

1. Annexation does not require a legislative process. No Knesset involvement whatsoever.

2. Annexation can be carried out literally in moments. A telephone vote of the ministers would suffice.

3. The most hyperactive Supreme Court possible would still be unable to come up with grounds to rule against the move.

Here’s the law:

Ordinance Law and Administration, 1948, 11B; The law, jurisdiction and administration of the State shall apply to any area of ​​the Land of Israel that the Government sets in an order.

That’s it. Just one sentence long. No wiggle room there.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.