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The Trump-Netanyahu Circus:
Now, No One Can Save Israel
By Ramzy Baroud
CCUN, February 27, 2017
The President of the United States can hardly be taken
seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry
no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political
outlook about important issues.
This is precisely the type of
American presidency that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,
However, Donald Trump is not just a raving man, but a
dangerous one as well. His unpredictability must worry Israel, which
expects from its American benefactors complete clarity and consistency in
terms of its political support.
At the age of 70, Trump is
incapable of being the stalwart, pro-Zionist ideologue in a way that suits
Israeli interests well.
Take, for example, the White
House press conference following the much anticipated visit by
Netanyahu to Washington on February 15.
was scheduled immediately after Trump's inauguration on January 20,
and is considered the Trump Presidency's answer to what Israel wrongly
perceives as a hostile US administration under former President Barack
However, Obama has granted Israel 38 billion dollars over
the course of ten years, estimated to be the most
generous aid package in US history. He has supported all Israeli wars
against Palestinians throughout his presidency, and unfailingly defended
Israel before the international community, at the United Nations and every
global forum in which Israel was justifiably criticized.
Israel expects blind support. It needs a US administration that is as
loyal as the US Congress, always praising Israel, degrading Palestinians,
dismissing international law, calling to stop
funding the UN for daring to demand accountability from Israel,
feeding Israeli 'security' phobias with monetary and absolute political
backing, demonizing Iran, undermining the Arabs and repeating all Israeli
talking points fed to them by Tel Aviv and by the fifth column lobbyists
Trump is striving to be that person, the messiah that
Israel's army of right-wing, ultranationalists and religious zealots have
been calling for. But this appears beyond the man’s control, no matter how
hard he tries.
“Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one
that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like. I
can live with either one,” Trump
said in answer to a journalist’s question, implying to Israel that the
US will no longer impose solutions; instead, Trump pushed the 'one-state
solution' idea to the very top of the discussion. It is not what Israel
wanted - or expected.
In Washington, Netanyahu, with unmistakable
pomposity, stood before the media and simply
lied. He painted Israel as vulnerable, a prey for dark 'radical Islam'
forces, ready to strike from every corner.
He presented Iran's
nuclear capabilities as if it is lined up to incinerate Israel, itself
built atop the graves and villages of dispossessed Palestinians. No
journalist had the courage to quiz the Israeli leader about his
own country's massive nuclear arsenal and other weapons of mass
destruction. Listening to him preach fabricated history to the incurious
American media, one would think that militarily powerful Israel is
occupied by hostile Palestinian foreigners, and not vice versa.
Netanyahu claimed his people belonged to Palestine as the French belonged
to France and the Chinese to China. But if European Jewish immigrants are
the natives of Palestine, then what
is one to make of Palestinians? How is one to explain their existence
on land that has carried their collective name for millennia?
is inconsequential to the US government and mainstream media. US media is
as uninformed about the realities of the Middle East as Trump, who seems
to have only two main talking points about the whole issue, both
Israel has been treated 'very, very badly'
by the US, and he has a 'really great peace deal' in store.
contrary, Palestinians have been treated 'very, very badly' by the US,
the most generous
supporter of Israel. Israel has used mostly American weapons in its
wars against Palestinians and other Arab nations, with thousands of
Palestinians losing their lives because of this blind American patronage.
As for his 'really great peace deal,' Trump has nothing. 'Really
great' seems to be his answer to everything, to the point that his words
are becoming ineffectual clichés, suitable for twitter jokes and comedy.
Furthermore, Netanyahu, urged on by – to quote former Secretary of
State, John Kerry - the 'most
right-wing coalition in Israeli history' - wants the US to
unconditionally support Israel as the latter is finalizing its future
Now, it seems that Israel is concluding that territorial
quest. The 'Regularization Law' passed recently in Israel's parliament -
Knesset - will
retroactively validate all Israeli illegal settlers' claims over
Palestinian land. Top Israel officials now openly speak of annexation of
the West Bank, using language that was formerly reserved for Jewish
Israel's president believes annexation is the answer.
“I, Rubi Rivlin, believe that Zion is entirely ours. I believe the
sovereignty of the State of Israel must be in all the blocs,” Rivlin
said, emphasizing that he was referring to the entire West Bank, as
quoted by the ‘Times of Israel’.
The consensus among Israel's
ruling class is that a Palestinian state should never be established.
Trump, although incoherent, granted them just that.
So what does
Netanyahu want? We know he does not want a Palestinian state and plans to
annex all Jewish colonies, while continuing to expand over stolen
Palestinian land. He wants Palestinians to exist, but without political
will of their own, without sovereignty, forced to accept that Israel is a
Jewish state (thus signing off on their historic right to their own land);
to remain subdued, passive, disarmed, dehumanized.
game is Apartheid, racist segregation where one party, Israeli Jews,
dominates and exploits the other - Palestinian Arabs: Muslims and
But human dignity is not open for negotiation, no
matter how a 'good negotiator' Netanyahu is – according to Trump's
Palestinians have resisted Israel for nearly seventy
years because they challenge their servitude. They will continue to
Israel has the military means to punish Palestinians for
their resistance, to push them behind military checkpoints and trap them
behind walls. Yet, it is not a matter of firepower, and no wall can be
high enough to stymie the echoes of oppressed people striving for freedom,
human rights, equality and solidarity.
Netanyahu must feel
triumphant because of Trump's assuring words. The Israeli leader wants any
victory, however illusive, to buy time and the allegiance of his camp of
extremists, especially now that he is being investigated for fraud and is likely
to be indicted.
He may even initiate a war against Gaza to
create further distraction, and will readily spin facts so that his
country is presented as a victim, to test American support and to
'downgrade' Hamas' and other Palestinian groups' defences.
However, none of this will change the reality that Netanyahu has unwisely
constructed. His vision for Israel is the perpetual subjugation of
Palestinians through a system of racial discrimination that will continue
until the world unravels the lies and the propaganda.
by his side, Netanyahu will work diligently to perfect the Palestinian
prison in the name of Israel's security.
Palestinians must now
respond, without the irrelevant rhetoric of a 'two-state solution', but
with a unified universal message to the rest of the world: expecting - in
fact, demanding - freedom, equality, full rights in a society that is not
predicated on racial order, but on equal citizenship.
laid out its dark vision. Palestinians must present the antithesis to that
destructive vision: a road map towards justice, equality and peace for
- 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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