A Haley, Israeli fail

It’s no secret that for years, Israel has used every possible means in an attempt to break the Palestinians.

The Jewish state has tried to bring them to their knees, make them forego their rights and give itself total control over what should be Palestinians’ U.N.-guaranteed future state.

Yet, for decades, these attempts have failed.

Israel has always been able to count on support from the U.S. But with the arrival of the Trump administration, it realized it had no ordinary ally.

Under President Donald Trump, U.S. support for Israel has reached new levels, with aggressive, internationally condemned moves that have sought to tighten the noose politically and economically around the Palestinians, such as the declaration of occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and cuts to the U.N. agency for Palestinians.

At the same time, the Jewish state realized it had a green light from the U.S. to do as it pleased.

So we have seen more Israeli military operations, a tightening of the Gaza siege - such as the continued denial of entry of medicines into the strip, or the exit of the sick for treatment - more settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, and the unrelenting violation of Palestinians’ human rights.

Just this week, the world saw another open display of how U.S. and Israeli policy has become one and the same, as the U.S. not Israel championed a U.N. vote condemning Hamas. Its failure was an embarrassing blow for outgoing U.S. envoy Nikki Haley, who has blatantly waged a pro-Israel campaign at the U.N. since her appointment.

By now, resisting Israeli aggression has become a way of life for Palestinians, who have often paid the ultimate price for their resolve.

But their perseverance and nationalism has always prevailed: Never have they accepted the occupation or lost sight of Palestine, with each generation more resolute than the one that came before.

When will Israel - and the U.S. - learn that it can’t break the Palestinians?

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 08, 2018, on page 1.




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