Analyst: If Trump gives Netanyahu a green light ‘Palestinians will detonate in the face of Israel’

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The implications of Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the U.S. presidential race have not taken long to emerge in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as the Israeli officials seem to be seizing the chance to create facts on the ground before Trump’s four-year term even begins.

The Israeli infrastructure minister, Yuval Steinitz told a Hebrew broadcast early yesterday that settlement construction across the West Bank and East Jerusalem will see a swift and wide expansion in the coming period. The Israeli minister noted that, due to political pressure from the U.S., settlement expansion had not gone as planned in these areas, and the election presents an opportunity to work without obstruction.

In addition, a second Israeli television station reported yesterday that the Israeli cabinet approved 7,000 new settlement housing units in Jerusalem that have been frozen for years because of opposition from the Obama administration.

The quick response from the Israeli side to Trump’s triumph strongly suggests that Israel plans to fully capitalize on his winning to serve its interests with settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories and the ongoing distortion of the demographic and geographic reality on the ground. It also appears that the Israeli government hopes the new U.S. administration will aid them in the diplomatic battle as well, and possibly put an end to the U.S.-led peace process.

Naftali Bennett, the education minister in Netanyahu’s government has said that Trump’s arrival in the White House would put an end to the two-state solution. Bennett stated. “The era of a Palestinian state is over.”

It is not astonishing that Israeli officials moved to expand the settlements after Trump’s victory. Trump has already pledged that if he was elected he would move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would indicate a clear American recognition of the Israeli claim over the city.

Palestinian Response

For Palestinians, it was not expected that the winner of the U.S. election, whoever it was, would shift American policy toward the Palestinian cause. United States foreign policy has been always characterized by a bias in Israel’s favor.

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump vowed to unconditionally support Israel during their heated campaign as this matter has never been disputed between the Democrats and the Republicans. The outgoing American president, Barak Obama has just handed Israel the biggest military aid package in the American history. His successor will definitely follow in his footprints. Although, Palestinians see that it may be harsher this time.

A lack of interest and frustration with the U.S. election has been the widespread response on the Palestinian street and among political parties, except for the Palestinian Authority (PA) which still expresses a willingness for peace talks and negotiations with Israel regardless of the total lack of interest on the Israeli side.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the PA would “deal with any president elected by the American people on the principle of achieving permanent peace in the Middle East based on the two-state solution on which is stubbornly rejected by the Israelis as they claim it constitutes great danger for their entity and security.”

Hamas, the Islamic movement that controls the besieged Gaza Strip, asks for re-evaluating and re-balancing for the American policy toward the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Sami Abu-Zuhri, Hamas’s spokesperson, said that America has always been a reason behind the Palestinians’ continuous suffering as it provides the Israeli occupation with military, financial, and logistical support that has been used against the Palestinian people.

“We do not expect changes in the U.S. policy, it will remain as it was, very biased for the interests of Israel,” Abu-Zuhri noted.

Other Palestinian parties called on the PA to stop looking at the U.S. as a silver bullet for the Palestinian case since it failed to fairly respond to Palestinians’ complaints against the Israeli crimes, intransigence, settlement expansion, and movement restrictions in the past.

Islamic Jihad’s, Hani Habib, said that the PA should work for achieving Palestinian unity between the disputed sides in order to end the split and work together for the Palestinian’s people full rights.

Unconditional support

The US policy has been stable when it comes to Israel, said Hussam el-Dajani, a political commentator based in Gaza.

“We are sure that the unbounded support will continue for Israel, but cannot determine how exactly the American administration will react to the conflict. Will the negotiation process be resumed and on what basis?”, he wondered.

He noted that if Israeli practices in the West Bank go uncontrolled, and the facts on the ground continue to be altered with of a green light from America, an angry collective Palestinian response is to be highly expected. “If Israeli practices change a lot on the ground, Palestinians will detonate in the face of Israel. It will be paying a heavy price if the far-extremist Israeli government was not deterred. Therefore, I do not see it will be 100 percent positive for Israel at least in the long term,” el-Dajani added.

Redwan el-Agres, a Palestinian activist said that it is better for the ugliness and bias of U.S. policy to be explicit rather than to have it hidden and embellished as it would have been if Clinton was elected. “Clinton and Trump would have worked against us, let them do it without deception at least,” he concluded.

About Isra Saleh El-Namy

Isra Saleh El-Namy is a journalist in Gaza.

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16 Responses

  1. Citizen
    November 11, 2016, 10:48 pm

    Yep.

  2. Pippilin
    November 12, 2016, 8:43 am

    The Palestinians are the only realists in the area.
    It’s hard to live in la-la land and survive as a people.

    • pabelmont
      November 14, 2016, 9:52 pm

      Pippilin: “The Palestinians are the only realists in the area”.

      Well, not so sure. The Israelis are not exactly self-destructing — at least not because of being unrealistic about USA’s support. I sometimes hope that Israel’s shift to the ultra-orthodox-religious-nationalist right will ultimately tick-off American Jews to such a point that their support for Israel will reverse into criticism (as seems to have happened among some young American Jews) but Israel can stand that as long as the Zionist’s with lots of money continue to use a bit of it to buy American government connivance with Zionism.

  3. rosross
    November 12, 2016, 11:22 am

    The best course of action for the Palestinians is to begin demanding one state with equal rights for all. The more Israel builds in Occupied Palestine the more the outcome of a one-state solution is guaranteed so the Palestinians may as well aim for that goal.

    It is head-shaking to watch the stupidity of the Israelis on this count. They wanted a religious state with a Jewish majority and so made two states impossible which means they will get a democracy with an indigenous, non-Jewish, Palestinian majority. Own goal Israel. But, the only solution for a civilized world.

    • echinococcus
      November 12, 2016, 1:34 pm

      Rosross,

      It is head-shaking to watch the stupidity of the Israelis on this count. They wanted a religious state with a Jewish majority and so made two states impossible which means they will get a democracy with an indigenous, non-Jewish, Palestinian majority. Own goal Israel. But, the only solution for a civilized world.

      The stupidity was way more severe than you represent: it means that they have a single military Apartheid state, and not only because of the shtetlments. There is no evidence to support your assertion that “they will get a democracy with an indigenous, non-Jewish, Palestinian majority” as a “civilized solution”. They may get such a democracy with the majority as stated, and it is to be fervently wished that they do –but all the evidence suggests that it won’t be a “civilized” process.

      • Marnie
        November 13, 2016, 12:21 am

        Whatever the Palestinians achieve won’t be because of the the united states, but inspite of the united states, whose only interests has been in maintaining the status quo in favor of ‘israel’. the palestinians seem to be the only people in the world who see things for what they really are and that shows intelligence and strength of character that is virtually absent from the majority of israelis and the entirety of the american political system.

      • echinococcus
        November 13, 2016, 3:14 am

        Marnie,

        Of course changing course for the US is extremely difficult and complicated, but anything else outside US approval while we keep our power is unbelievably more difficult and infinitely bloodier. After all, theoretically speaking changes of US foreign policy may be democratically and peacefully achieved here.

    • talknic
      November 12, 2016, 5:01 pm

      @ rosross “It is head-shaking to watch the stupidity of the Israelis on this count. They wanted a religious state with a Jewish majority and so made two states impossible which means they will get a democracy with an indigenous, non-Jewish, Palestinian majority. Own goal Israel.”

      Zionism doesn’t care, it’s a pyramid scheme from 1897 needing more and more territory in order to survive

  4. Steve Grover
    November 12, 2016, 12:59 pm

    This is what warmongers like Phil Weiss and his Mondoweiss disciples are hoping for.

    • (((James North)))
      November 12, 2016, 1:33 pm

      Mooser: Stop it! People are on edge and you decide this is the right time to revive your sock puppet, putting an even sillier than usual “comment” in his mouth?

      • Steve Grover
        November 12, 2016, 1:47 pm

        Yeah, I know how it is North. It must feel like 108 years to you since the Cubs won the World Series.

      • Mooser
        November 12, 2016, 2:37 pm

        C’mon, James! Are you in loco parentheses or something? How many times have I asked you, no, begged you, on bended replacement knee, to do something about me?
        Once I log in as “Steve Grover” something awful comes over me, and then I don’t even remember what I wrote, or even that I wrote it, until you remind me.
        It’s like a drunk driving in a blackout state. “Steve Grover” knows about that.

    • Talkback
      November 12, 2016, 4:07 pm

      This is what war crimes., war criminal and Apartheid supporter Steve Grover is hoping for.

    • eljay
      November 12, 2016, 4:30 pm

      || Steve Grover: This is what warmongers like Phil Weiss and his Mondoweiss disciples are hoping for. ||

      You’re projecting. Weiss and his MW disciples are hoping for justice and equality in (geographic) Palestine. Hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists like you, on the other hand, are hoping for the right excuse to “justify” holocausting, genociding, mass-murdering, slaughtering and wiping off the map enough non-Jews in (geographic) Palestine to secure the Thousand Year future of your colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

  5. Mooser
    November 12, 2016, 1:06 pm

    Why would Netanyahoo need a “green light”? When the traffic light is out, or blinking crazily, is good enough.

  6. Atlantaiconoclast
    November 14, 2016, 7:55 pm

    Make this about damage to American interests, and you just might get the masses on board to cut all aid to Israel. Trump CAN be moved, if enough of the masses demand it.

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