Ma’ale Adumim is the third largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank with 40,000 residents. Almost all Israelis believe that it will be annexed to Israel as part of any future agreement with the Palestinians. This consensus view is why efforts to annex Ma’ale Adumim have begun to gain support on the right. There are two primary dangers with annexing the area:
REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONSEQUENCES
Any annexation of the West Bank absent a negotiated agreement could lead to immediate and long-term consequences both in the region and in the international community.
ELIMINATES PALESTINIAN CONTIGUITY
The area that currently constitutes the Ma’ale Adumim bloc to be annexed incorporates territories that would eliminate the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state.