A Haley, Is­raeli fail

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - FRONT PAGE - Hanna An­bar

It’s no se­cret that for years, Is­rael has used ev­ery pos­si­ble means in an at­tempt to break the Pales­tini­ans.

The Jewish state has tried to bring them to their knees, make them forego their rights and give it­self to­tal control over what should be Pales­tini­ans’ U.N.-guar­an­teed fu­ture state.

Yet, for decades, these at­tempts have failed.

Is­rael has al­ways been able to count on sup­port from the U.S. But with the ar­rival of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, it real­ized it had no or­di­nary ally.

Un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, U.S. sup­port for Is­rael has reached new lev­els, with ag­gres­sive, in­ter­na­tion­ally con­demned moves that have sought to tighten the noose po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally around the Pales­tini­ans, such as the dec­la­ra­tion of oc­cu­pied Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal and cuts to the U.N. agency for Pales­tini­ans.

At the same time, the Jewish state real­ized it had a green light from the U.S. to do as it pleased.

So we have seen more Is­raeli mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, a tight­en­ing of the Gaza siege – such as the con­tin­ued de­nial of en­try of medicines into the strip, or the exit of the sick for treat­ment – more set­tle­ment ex­pan­sion in the oc­cu­pied West Bank, and the un­re­lent­ing vi­o­la­tion of Pales­tini­ans’ hu­man rights.

Just this week, the world saw an­other open dis­play of how U.S. and Is­raeli pol­icy has be­come one and the same, as the U.S. – not Is­rael – cham­pi­oned a U.N. vote con­demn­ing Ha­mas. Its fail­ure was an em­bar­rass­ing blow for out­go­ing U.S. en­voy Nikki Haley, who has bla­tantly waged a proIs­rael cam­paign at the U.N. since her ap­point­ment.

By now, re­sist­ing Is­raeli ag­gres­sion has be­come a way of life for Pales­tini­ans, who have of­ten paid the ul­ti­mate price for their re­solve.

But their per­se­ver­ance and na­tion­al­ism has al­ways pre­vailed: Never have they ac­cepted the oc­cu­pa­tion or lost sight of Pales­tine, with each gen­er­a­tion more res­o­lute than the one that came be­fore.

When will Is­rael – and the U.S. – learn that it can’t break the Pales­tini­ans?

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