The West Bank Is Ripe for the Taking: President Trump Reverses Policy in Israel

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced recently that Israel establishing settlements in the West Bank “is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.” In a way this is just stating the obvious, since the United States unconditionally and blindly supports whatever the Israeli government does, however, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated as part of his campaign promise that he would take control over large portions of the West Bank. If this happens, the Palestinians may lose any hope of being able to establish their own independent state. The Trump administration’s reversal in policy should be condemned because it is detrimental to peace and human rights in the region.

Israel conquered the West Bank in the Six Day War in 1967, and most of the world views the occupation of the territory as illegal. Furthermore, the continued establishment of Israeli settlements that results in the destruction of Palestinian homes is condemned by the international community, so in a way, President Trump’s policy gives Prime Minister Netanyahu the green light to annex parts of the territory and expand into it in any way that he sees fit. This is dangerous because it will inevitably mean more conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and it is obvious which side the United States will take. The United States government already supports (though one could argue inadvertently) the demolition of homes, creating of refugees, blocking of life-essential products, martial law, and unproportioned force against the Palestinians, but increased Israeli control over the West Bank could bring about American support of overt genocide. This would not be viewed in a positive light around the world, and none of this will help promote peace and stability in the region.

Since the Palestinians would like to see a two-state solution with their own independent government, Netanyahu’s actions in the next few years could make it impossible to see it become a reality. The prime minister has no concern for the Palestinians living in the West Bank (or the Gaza Strip), and his primary concern is for Israel to annex Palestinian lands, expand its territory, and dominate the Middle East as a military power (thus the continued conflict with its rival, Iran). Netanyahu should win the Nobel Warmongering Prize, and as long as he is in charge, the human rights violations will not end.

The United States government should withdraw support for the Israeli government and halt the handing out of billions of dollars annually to a nation that violates human rights and continues to push towards a war with Iran. The unwavering relationship between the United States and Israel is a handicap, and it actually makes Americans less safe. The Trump administration’s condoning of the West Bank settlements only stands to create more enemies around the world, which could lead to more terrorism against Americans, plus, if Netanyahu gets his war with Iran, it will inevitably put more Americans in harm’s way. It may be difficult for American politicians to rebel against the status quo and the huge Israeli lobby in the United States, but doing so would prove to be beneficial to the American people.

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Published on November 21, 2019 03:16
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