Time-proven resilience

For 70 years, since the creation of Israel, the U.S. has involved itself in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, often putting the Jewish state’s interests above even its own and, in the supposed pursuit of peace, meting injustice to the 10 million Palestinians inside and outside occupied land.

The meddling was stepped up in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which made clear to the Palestinians they were on their own in their fight for their rights and survival, ushering in about two decades of violence and resistance across the globe.

Come the ’80s and, despite pressure from the Likud government, the U.S. was forced to recognize the PLO and later open a line of dialogue with the Palestinians in order to find a solution.

Things seemed to be changing, especially after Barack Obama took a tougher stance against Israeli excesses, to the point of creating a rift between himself and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Fast-forward to Donald Trump’s ascent to power while Netanyahu remains at Israel’s helm, and it seems the stars are aligned in favor of the Israelis.

In a matter of weeks, Trump dashed all hope, cutting all ties with Palestinians, halting aid, applying political pressure and flagrantly supporting all Israeli imperialistic and oppressive whims against the Palestinians.

This comes even as Trump faces the possibility of impeachment while mired in problems with Europe, China, Mexico and Canada, an attempt to change the world order of detente, and alienating the entire Arab world.

But while the Palestinians may have been pushed back to square one, and the ’60s status quo, Trump has failed to grasp that over the decades all means to subdue these people have failed.

Palestinians have repeatedly endured war, persecution and pain, for the simple reason that their cause is one of justice and survival, and they will certainly not succumb to an authoritarian who treats their dignity as a commodity to be trifled with.

The more likely outcome, as America’s most prominent voices and analysts have indicated, is that Trump’s administration will go down in history with an asterisk signaling its dubiousness.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 18, 2018, on page 1.




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