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Trump's Gift to Netanyahu:
Anymore, Blunt Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing
By Ramzy Baroud
CCUN, February 21, 2017
|Trump and Netanyahu, February
Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel’s Vision for the Future is
Empirical historical evidence combined with
little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of
future options that Israel has in store
for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a
mix of both.
The passing of the 'Regularization
Bill' on February 6 is all we need to imagine the Israeli-envisaged
future. The new law allows the Israeli government to retroactively recognize
Jewish outposts built without official permission on privately-owned
All settlements - officially recognized
settlements and unauthorized outposts - are illegal under international law.
The verdict has been passed numerous times by the United Nations and, more
recently, pronounced with unmistakable clarity in UN
Security Council Resolution 2334.
Israel's response was the
announcement of the construction of over 6,000 new housing units to be built
throughout the Occupied Palestinian territories, the construction of a brand
new settlement (the first in 20 years), and the new law that paves the way
for the annexation of large swathes of the Occupied West Bank.
Undoubtedly, the law is the 'last
nail in the coffin of the two-state solution', but that is not
important. It never mattered to Israel, anyway. The talk of a solution was
mere smoke and mirrors as far as Israel was concerned. All the 'peace talks'
and the entirety of 'peace process', even when it was in its zenith, rarely
slowed down the Israeli bulldozers, slowed down the construction of more
'Jewish homes' or ended the unceasing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.
Writing in ‘Newsweek’, Diana Buttu described how the process of building
settlements is always, always accompanied by the demolition of Palestinian
Palestinian structures were demolished since the beginning of 2017,
according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs in the Occupied Territories.
Since Donald Trump was sworn in, Israel has felt liberated from its
obligation to doublespeak. For decades, Israeli officials
spoke passionately about peace, and did everything in their power to hinder
its attainment. Now, they simply do not care. Period.
perfected their balancing act simply because they had to, because Washington
expected it, demanded it. But Trump had given them a blank check: do as you
please; settlements are not obstacles to peace; Israel has been 'treated
very, very unfairly' and I will correct that historical injustice, and
Almost immediately after Trump was inaugurated President on
January 20, all masks came off.
On January 25, the real Benjamin
Netanyahu resurfaced, dropping his act altogether, and declaring
in enviable brazenness: “We are building, and we will continue to build”
What more is there to talk about with Israel at
this point? Nothing. The only solution that mattered to Israel is Israel's
own 'solution', always driven by blind American support, European
uselessness and always imposed on the Palestinians and other Arab countries,
by force if needed.
The guardians of the grand charade of the two-state
solution, who shrewdly crafted the 'peace process' and danced to every
Israeli tune are now bewildered. They have been outed by Israel's dreadful
plans that shot their 'solution' right between the eyes, leaving
Palestinians to choose between subjugation, humiliation or imprisonment.
Jonathan Cook is right. The new law is the first step towards the
annexing of the West Bank or, at least, most of it. Once small outposts are
legalized, they would need to be fortified, ('naturally') expanded and
protected. The military occupation, in effect for 50 years, will no longer
be temporary and reversible. Civil law will continue to apply to Jews in
Occupied Palestinian Territories and military laws on occupied Palestinians.
It is the very definition of Apartheid, in case you are still
To meet the 'security needs' of the settlers, more
'Jewish-only' bypass roads will be constructed, more walls erected, more
gates to keep Palestinians away from their land, schools and livelihood will
be put up, more checkpoints, more suffering, more pain, more anger, and more
That is Israel's vision. Even Trump is growing frustrated
by Israel's shamelessness and audacity. He called on Israel in an interview
with ‘Israel Hayom’ newspaper to “be reasonable with respect to peace.”
“There is so much land left. And every time you take land for
settlements, there is less land left,” Trump said. He is backtracking on
promises he made with regard to moving the US embassy and the unchecked
expansion of the settlements and more, as he is realizing that Netanyahu and
his US supporters have led him to a cliff and are now asking him to jump.
But it matters little, anyway. Whether Trump holds on to his extremely
pro-Israel position or reverts to a wishy-washy stance similar to that of
his predecessor, Barack Obama, reality is unlikely to change - for only
Israel is ultimately allowed to influence outcomes.
lawmakers' approval of the bill is, indeed, an end of an era. We have
reached the point where we can openly declare that the so-called ‘peace
process’ was an illusion from the start, for Israel had no intentions of
ever conceding the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem to the
The Palestinian leadership is hardly blameless in all
The greatest mistake that the Palestinian leadership has
committed (aside from its disgraceful disunity) was entrusting the US,
Israel's main enabler, with managing a 'peace process' that has allowed
Israel time and resources to finish its colonial projects, while devastating
Palestinian rights and political aspirations.
Returning to the same
old channels, using the same language, seeking salvation at the altar of the
same old 'two state solution' will achieve nothing but waste further time
But Israel's humiliating options to the Palestinians can
also be read in a different way. Indeed, it is Israel's obstinacy that is
now leaving Palestinians (and Israelis) with one option, and only
one option: equal citizenship in one
single state or a horrific apartheid and more ethnic cleansing.
the words of former President Jimmy Carter, "Israel will never find
peace until it permit(s) the Palestinians to exercise their basic human and
That Israeli ‘permission’ is yet to arrive,
leaving the international community with the moral responsibility to exact
- Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for
over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media
consultant, an author of several books and the founder of
PalestineChronicle.com. His books include “Searching Jenin”, “The Second
Palestinian Intifada” and his latest “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter:
Gaza’s Untold Story”. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.
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