Trump’s green light to Israel
I think that concerning Palestine, the election of Donald Trump as President, could turn out to be a good thing. Here’s how:
Donald Trump will give a “green light” to Netanyahu and Israel to move forward with the total annexation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Some would argue his election has already worked to this effect with the Knesset immediately passing laws that will allow unrestricted building of settlements on Palestinian land. And at least his election and his statements during the campaign have emboldened the Jewish State to annex all of the remaining Palestinian territory.
So why is this a good thing ?
The reason, I think so, is that it seals the fate of the “Two-State Solution”.
The two-state solution has been dead for a long time; but the USA and most recently, France, continue to pretend that somehow a “peace process” can be resurrected and the parties can negotiate a solution for a Palestinian state “alongside” the Jewish state. With the election of Trump and his green light, Jews in Israel will become even more aggressive in taking Palestinian land and expanding the settlements, and will hasten the incorporation of all of Palestine as “Israel”.
This will have two very important effects: 1) it will make the the PA go away. There won’t be anymore “occupation” and so there will be no need for a Quisling government/contractor to administer the Palestinian Territories (there won’t be any Palestinian Territories to administer). And 2) with the elimination of the PA and the alignment of both the West-Bankers/East-Jerusalemites and the Palestinian population of Israel (pre-1967 boundaries) there will be a much greater chance for unification in the Palestinian struggle. Gaza and Hamas might actually come along !!
When this happens, the Palestinian struggle, unified within Israel becomes more potent. Just like with South Africa and the blacks’ struggle against the white apartheid regime, Palestinians will be able to unite and focus their struggle. The character of the struggle will change from a war against settler colonialists engaged in genocide and ethnic cleansing to an internal struggle for human and civil rights for an oppressed majority ! The BDS movement will have an obvious and clear target: the overthrow of the Jewish apartheid state of Israel.