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Osama Abu Irshaid, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/20/2017
Those who followed the press conference that took place last Wednesday in Washington between US President Donald Trump and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, took note, as one should, that the current US administration will show a greater bias towards Israel than its predecessors. There is no debating this.
This situation does not require certified facts to confirm that the Palestinian Authority (PA), which placed all of its eggs in the American basket, is currently living a nightmare. The PA does not know where this path will lead or where it will end. If the situation at hand was limited to the current reality, we would not have been this worried or saddened, but the disaster is that Palestine and its cause and its people are on the brink of a new era of marginalisation and, perhaps, more bloodshed.
The PA or other similar establishments cannot justify these types of realities. Despite this bleak Palestinian scene, and considering that some of these outcomes surpass Israel itself, Trump is not a normal president. He is quite comfortable with himself to the point of extreme narcissism. This is clearly evident in his run for the presidency and the fact that he did not bother to educate himself on the critical issues he would have to one day deal with.
Trump offered Israel an amalgamation of gifts though it is highly unlikely that he will follow through on his promises. For example, Trump stated that the US is not adamant about the two-state solution, though it remains the US governments official stance since Bill Clintons second term. Trumps statements are pointing to the possibility of support for a one-state solution. In an indirect response he gave to one question, Trump said: So I am looking at two states and one state and I like the one that both parties like. I am very happy with the one that both parties like. Trump went on to say that the two-state solution seemed to be the easier option for sometime but that he is willing to accept both as long as both sides are happy. more.. e-mail How factionalism is killing the Palestinian struggle
Mariam Barghouti, Al Jazeera 2/19/2017
Factions have not only monopolised Palestinian politics but have also suffocated the youthful spirit of the struggle.
In the first month of 2017, Gazans hit the streets to protest against the daily electricity cuts in the strip. Despite the evident cry for action from the streets, political leaders seized the opportunity to blame each other, turning it into a Hamas v Fatah debate.
While politicians hijacked the issue, Palestinians in Gaza reported a brutal crackdown on protesters by Hamas, similar to the ones the Palestinian Authority would customarily inflict on protesting residents of the West Bank.
Like everything in Palestinian politics, even protests are marred by factionalism. In fact, the Palestinian struggle has become a hostage of factionalism, which has prevented the Palestinian youth from taking a leadership role in it.
While we should recognise that the occupation of Palestine by Israel - and by the British and the Ottomans before that - has ushered the rise of political groups as a reaction to the tactical stripping of agency from Palestinians, we should not overlook the consequences of political factionalism vis-a-vis the Palestinian question.
The main obstacle to liberation and justice remains the Israeli regime; however, internal divisions act as a catalyst for Palestinians' disempowerment and preclude genuine mobilisation.Factionalising the youth
In theory, political parties should be agents of democracy and representatives of the people. But in the present colonial reality of Palestine, these institutionalised groups are a liability. more.. e-mail Israel and the UN are allies in colonial endeavours
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/18/2017
News that Tzipi Livni could be nominated for the post of UN under-secretary-general was overshadowed swiftly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus meeting with Donald Trump. It is safe to say that even the most elementary norms have long been shunned by the international institution, despite the unabashed pontificating at its manipulated charters.
Haaretz has published an intricate narration of how Livni was offered this senior position UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to her by phone as well as how the former Israeli foreign minister was acquainted with the ex-Portuguese prime minister throughout her stint in the Israeli government between 2006 and 2009.
A related story that sought to divert attention away from Livnis possible appointment was Guterres nomination of Palestinian Salam Fayyad as UN Special Representative to Libya, a move that was opposed by Israel and the US. The UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel, bleated US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Livnis appointment has been portrayed as a measure that counters such alleged anti-Israel bias.
However, the manufactured crisis over Fayyads appointment is, most likely, similar to the usual, convenient and short-lived temper tantrums typical of the Israeli government and its diplomats (and, increasingly, pro-Israel stooges in Western governments). As for the UN and Guterres, the dismal expectation is one that not only consolidates the deterioration wrought in previous years, but also eliminates all pretences when it comes to upholding the normalisation of colonialism in general, and Israeli colonialism in particular, and its ensuing violence in all forms.
On the surface it appears that Guterres is seeking to oppose Trumps recent admission which dismissed absolute adherence to the two-state compromise.... more.. e-mail Trump and Palestine so what now?
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/17/2017
Before Donald Trumps inauguration, it was a safe bet to assume that his administrations approach to Israel and the Palestinians would either be one of relative neglect, or serve as a boost to the far-right Israeli nationalists who seek annexation of all or parts of the West Bank.
Either, of course, would spell trouble for the Palestinians. So far, and particularly after Trumps meeting this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it would appear to be a combination of the two.
At Wednesdays press conference, Trump revealed himself to be ambivalent about a two-state solution. In his words: Im looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. Im very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.
With respect to Israels settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Trump was similarly dismissive: As far as settlements, Id like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. Well work something out. Certainly no slap on the wrists barely even friendly advice.
Trumps comments have led many to infer that his administration is abandoning the two-state solution; a White House statement on 2 February referred to the goal of peace but did not mention Palestinian statehood. So, is the two-state solution dead and what does that mean?Israels maximum doesnt meet the Palestinian minimum
Ahead of Netanyahus visit, a White House official prepared the ground for Trumps one-state bombshell.... more.. e-mail
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