(This article is published in Mondoweiss.)
Danny Danon, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, has been described by Israeli Labor Party lawmaker Erel Margalit as “a right-wing extremist with the diplomatic sensitivity of a pit bull.” Ambassador Danon boasted on his official Facebook page on April 27, 2011 that he was proposing legislation that would have the Israeli government “annex the West Bank and repeal the Oslo Accords.” The Facebook post was deleted sometime on or after August 28, 2015—after Netanyahu had appointed him Israel’s ambassador to the UN—and the link is now dead. The page, however, can still be seen via an archived Google cache.
The original Facebook status read:
I am preparing a bill to annex the West Bank and repeal the Oslo Accords in order to convince the EU to stop a UN vote on Palestinian Statehood. I am also going to suggest to extend our sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and over the highly populated blocs we have in Judea and Samaria, just to start with.
Right-wing Zionists often use the phrase “Judea and Samaria” to refer to the occupied West Bank.