Apr 15, 2019
On March 25, Donald Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel annexed this 700-square-mile plateau and its 50,000 inhabitants after the 1967 Six Day War.
By recognizing this theft, after recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017, Trump is supporting the Israeli state’s policy of appropriating Arab territory.
Trump also gave Netanyahu another talking point leading up to the Israeli elections that took place on April 9. Even while implicated in a number of corruption scandals, Netanyahu crowed about his relations with the U.S. state as an argument in his campaign – which he subsequently won.
These maneuvers have provoked a reaction. At the border with Gaza, there have been a number of incidents and two Palestinians were killed on March 22. In the Israeli prisons, the number of incidents has also gone up as the authorities crack down on the use of cell phones, the main way detainees stay in contact with their families. On the night of March 25-26, Israel bombed the Gaza Strip, after rockets were launched from Gaza toward Tel Aviv.
The Palestinians are increasingly crushed by the state of Israel. Those in the West Bank find their territories taken over by settlers a little more each day, while those in Gaza live in an open-air prison. In every Israeli election campaign, politicians look to outdo each other in threatening repression against what they call the “terrorist threat” from the Palestinians.
The ingredients for an explosion of anger are accumulating. Such an explosion is bound to happen sooner or later against this devious Trump-Netanyahu team.