Sil­ver lin­ing for Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - Karen Glaser is a writer

the end of Is­rael re­mains a cold and in­con­ve­nient truth. But I think it mat­ters less.

Now Mr Trump has come to power, bets are off all over the world, and in par­tic­u­lar in the Middle East.

The new US pres­i­dent has pledged to move the US em­bassy to Jerusalem, has ap­pointed a pro-set­tle­ment envoy, and he will veto any fu­ture anti-Is­rael UN res­o­lu­tions. And, of course, his sonin-law, Jared Kush­ner and his Jewish fam­ily, are at the fore­front of fi­nanc­ing set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity.

So, with the prospect of — pos­si­bly — eight years of Mr Trump looming, more re­al­is­tic Pales­tini­ans may come to re­alise there noth­ing to be gained from in­tran­si­gence and ne­go­ti­ate be­fore Is­rael fur­ther en­trenches its — very wrong, in my opin­ion — po­si­tion on the West Bank.

It hardly needs stat­ing that there are many un­knowns. Mr Trump could come to an agree­ment with Vladimir Putin that would change the en­tire dy­nam­ics of the Middle East. There might be a rev­o­lu­tion in Iran, a con­se­quence of which could be the end of Iran’s sup­port for the Pales­tini­ans.

And, who knows, Mr Trump may be im­peached be­fore his first term is up. As a fem­i­nist, I’d wel­come the last out­come whole­heart­edly.

As a Jew who sup­ports the two-state so­lu­tion, it might not be such good news.

Pales­tini­ans may re­alise in­tran­si­gence brings noth­ing

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