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A dumb and dangerous way to fight anti-Semitism

The U.S. Senate unanimously passes a bill that would force universities to include ‘holding Israel to a double standard’ as a form of anti-Semitism.

By James J. Zogby

Without debate or an actual vote, the U.S. Senate stealthily passed a disturbing and dangerous piece of legislation that would require the Department of Education (DOE) to apply the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism in evaluating complaints of discrimination on U.S. campuses.

The State Department definition of and guidelines on anti-Semitism were designed to help U.S. officials monitor anti-Semitism abroad. They were not intended to be applied to police speech on college campuses at home.

In developing their definition and guidance, the State Department adopted language used by the European Union Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC):

“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious institutions.”

This description of anti-Semitism is both correct and instructive, as are several examples of contemporary anti-Semitism mentioned in the State Department guidance, including: “accusing Jews, as a people, of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the State of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews”; or “making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews – or the power of Jews – as a collective.” These and other examples cited in the guidance are objectively anti-Semitic and patently wrong.

Where the State Department guidance goes off the rails is when it tries to expand the definition to include “anti-Semitism relative to Israel,” citing, as examples, speech that demonizes or delegitimizes Israel or that applies a double standard to it. The example given for applying a “double standard for Israel” is “requiring…behavior [of Israel] not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.” With this expansion of the definition of anti-Semitism, the guidance becomes both subjective and open to dangerous abuse by those who would use it to silence criticism of Israel.

This language is so vague and open to interpretation that when the University of California Board of Regents was being pressed to apply the State Department guidance to California campuses, the lead author of the EUMC definition of anti-Semitism objected, pointing out the dangers this would present to free speech. “Enshrining such a definition...

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For Palestinian citizens, Israel was and remains a Shin Bet state

Israel’s military rule over its Palestinian citizens may have ended in 1966, but the long arm of the Shin Bet and the police continues to meddle in our private affairs. I know from personal experience.

By Yaser Abu Areesha

“What did you do?!” yelled my mother, God rest her soul, with a mix of fear and anger.

I was 23 years old and the year was 2009. She called close to midnight as I made my way toward my home in Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood, following a long day of work. I tried to calm her down and understand what she wanted. “You have been summoned for interrogation by the police,” she told me.

I was shocked. My body froze as I felt the fear seep into me, causing my knees to nearly buckle. I regained my composure, trying to stay on the line with her. And while I was fairly certain that I did nothing to merit an interrogation, I was still frightened. Along with the fear, however, I was curious how my name reached the police, and all this during my first days as a student.

I calmed down my mother and explained that I would be home the following day. I tried to maintain my cool, telling her that there must be some misunderstanding, and that even if the police did want to speak to me — I had done nothing wrong. My mother did not agree that I would stay the night in Jaffa, so I headed north to my hometown of Fureidis — leaving me feeling even more helpless. I had to see the summons with my own eyes, hoping to find in it even the slightest explanation or piece of information. But when I arrived I discovered that this was the full message that awaited me:

Summons for interrogation: You are hereby summonsed for questioning at the Zichron Ya’akov police station.

Just like that, without details: simply head over to the station. And Arabs, as Majd Kayyal (who underwent a Shin Bet interrogation following a trip to Lebanon) once said, do not ask the regime “why.”

Pleased to meet you

The following day I headed over to the police station, where I was met by an elderly, exhausted duty officer. “Your summons does not appear in our system, please go to the Hadera police station.” Her response astounded me; while I was stressing out and losing...

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Following complaints, bus company halts Arabic-language announcements

Residents of Be’er Sheva were enraged to find out that a new bus company had announcements in both Hebrew and Arabic. After numerous complaints, the Arabic announcements came to an end.

By John Brown*

An Israeli bus company in the southern city of Be’er Sheva stopped activating its Arabic-language announcement system last week, following complaints by city residents.

The company, Dan Be’er Sheva, won a tender in January of this year, replacing the Metro Dan company to the delight of many residents, who have repeatedly criticized the city’s poor public transportation. The new buses include a PA system, which announces upcoming stations in both Hebrew and Arabic in order to make public transportation accessible to more segments of the population. Tens of thousands of Arabic speakers live in Be’er Sheva, which serves as a metropolis to over 200,000 Bedouin in the surrounding areas. Arabic is Israel’s second official language.

It turns out that Arabic announcements, however, were too much for some residents. Their complaints over the bi-lingual PA system were first published on social media and included calls for boycotting the company. A local Be’er Sheva news site even ran a story under the headline, “Be’er Sheva’s residents are enraged: ‘Announcements in Arabic on the bus, from Metro Dan we have become Metro-Gaza.'” According to the article, the residents were surprised to discover not only that the bus also includes the written Arabic name for every stop, but that the bus’ PA system announces the name of every station in Arabic. One complainant said the announcements reminded him of Iran, adding that soon they would “start building mosques.”

Following the complaints, the company put an end to Arabic announcements on public buses, at least temporarily. According to the Ministry of Transportation, public buses must include written Arabic names, but not announcements.

Attorney Shada Aamer of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) demanded Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz bring back the announcements. “There is no doubt that this decision is illegitimate and illegal, which excludes an entire public from the public sphere and harms its basic right to equality,” Aamer wrote. “The Transportation Ministry must work to permanently fix the situation and to bring back the Arabic announcements in all bus lines in Be’er Sheva and in the rest of the country.”

The Transportation Ministry issued the following response:

Implementing Arabic announcement systems in public transportation in Israel’s main cities is one...

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Will the Trump administration treat Middle Easterners as inferior?

What foreign leaders would possibly be willing to engage in tough negotiations with the Trump administration if its top officials approach them as defective?

By Derek Davison

On Friday, Donald Trump’s transition team announced that Fox News national security analyst Kathleen Troia McFarland will serve as his Deputy National Security Advisor, working under National Security Advisor-designate Michael Flynn. McFarland previously served on Gerald Ford’s National Security Council and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in the Reagan administration, from 1982 to 1985.

NBC News predicted that McFarland’s appointment “will likely be far less controversial” than that of her new boss, Flynn, which is a fair assessment. It’s not every administration, after all, that appoints a National Security Advisor who says that Islam is “like a cancer,” who argues that “fear of Muslims is rational,” and who has taken money from foreign governments in the very recent past. Neither should McFarland’s appointment raise as many eyebrows as notorious Islamophobe Clare Lopez’s would have. Lopez had been considered a front-runner for the position McFarland has now taken.

But McFarland’s appointment does seem to confirm that the Trump administration’s foreign policy will be shaped by people who fundamentally believe that there is something inferior about the people of the Middle East, and that the United States must pursue confrontation as its primary response to Middle Eastern nations. McFarland may not be as incendiary in her views as Flynn, but consider the “one essential truth of the Middle East” that she claimed to offer readers of her blog back in 2014:

Why? Because we failed to realize one essential truth of the Middle East — that the nations in that part of the world aren’t just like us.

We in the West think of peace as society’s default position. War is a temporary state of affairs that happens when peace fails. For us, war is something that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. When it is over, win or lose, the warring factions lay down their arms, and resume their normal lives.

In the modern Middle East, war and peace are seen through a different lens. War is the default position, the normal state of affairs. Peace is what happens between wars; it is the temporary pause where defeated factions fade into the woodwork to lie low, regroup, and...

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If you're Palestinian in Israel, satire can land you in jail

Anas Abudaabes was arrested last week for publishing a satirical Facebook post criticizing Arabs who celebrated the wildfires raging across Israel. Three separate judges claimed he was inciting to violence.

By John Brown*

The Be’er Sheva District Court rejected an appeal on the detention of Bedouin journalist Anas Abudaabes on Sunday, after he was arrested last week over a Facebook post. The police, which claimed the post incited people to commit arson in the wake of the current wildfires blazing across Israel, decided to release Abudaabes from detention under restrictive bail conditions.

Despite the stated reasons for his arrest, Abudaabes’ Facebook posts actually criticize Arabs from surrounding countries who are praising the fires on social media. In one of his two posts he satirically suggests to burn more forests in order to win the respect of the celebrants. He also mocks Muslims who suddenly forgot that protecting nature is supposed to be part of their religion. The irony of the posts was lost on the police detectives.

Abudaabes’s attorney Eyal Avital explained to the court that the posts were satirical and were even criticized for their content — even going so far as to present to the court an article published on Local Call, which includes a translation of the statuses (originally published in Arabic). Yet the judges remained unmoved; the case was brought before them three times, and each time they upheld his detention.

Last Friday Judge Alon Gabison ruled that there is reasonable suspicion that the post includes incitement to harming state security, and that the author of the post should have thought about how others would interpret his words. The police explains that the status was written in very high language, and thus there are those who will not be able to understand it.

On Saturday Judge Orit Lifshitz ruled that “ostensibly an innocent reader who reads this post and did not read the other posts could come to the conclusion that it is a post intended to encourage the arsons.” Avital’s argued in response that even if what Lifshitz says is true, Abudaabes acted without any criminal intention. On Sunday Judge Amit Cohen approved the judges’ rulings, arguing that the posts were posed a danger to state security, and that the question of Abudaabes’ sarcasm will have to wait for the trial itself.

To Abudaabes luck, the police decided to release him, although it is not...

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Before the fires are out, Israeli politicians blame the Arabs

Security officials and counter-terrorism experts warn against calling wildfires terrorism, but Israeli politicians and some media have no such qualms. How do you reach a conclusion before the investigation is even started?

By Yael Marom

As tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes, and as the flames were still burning across Israel and Palestine, Israeli leaders already found someone to blame, several Israeli news outlets declared the start of the “Arson Intifada,” and government ministers were lining up to describe the wave of fires as an act of Palestinian nationalistic violence.

The sight of flames devouring homes, neighborhoods and forests is devastating. It’s impossible not to feel for the tens of thousands of of people who have been forced to flee from their homes, and the thousands who have lost their worldly belongings. But it’s also impossible to not wonder how, as all of this is happening, Israel’s leaders seem so preoccupied with inciting against the Arab population.

To be clear, it’s entirely possible that not all of the dozens of fires in Israel and Palestine over the past few days broke out accidentally or naturally. It’s fire season — the combination of unusual dryness for this time of year and strong winds make wildfires a naturally occurring threat. And on top of that, Palestinian and Arab towns, cities and villages, have also been evacuated and hit by the fires — they’re not “targeting” Jews.

As Haggai Matar pointed out in Hebrew on Local Call, wildfires have been breaking out throughout the region over the past few days. A map from Global Forest Watch, a site that monitors wildfires via satellite imagery, seems to demonstrate that the fires are not limited to Israel. (See it here.)

“Though law enforcement has been loath to comment definitively [on the cause of the fires] before additionally evidence could be collected and processed,” the Times of Israel noted, ”politicians have had no such qualms.”

The wave of fires came just at the right moment for Israel’s prime minister. Somehow it always works out for him that way. There’s nothing like a fire to distract the public from a corruption scandal involving the purchase of unnecessary military submarines and the prime minister’s personal lawyer. Netanyahu knows that there’s nothing like an opportunity to blame it all on the Arabs, and that the media will eagerly...

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What happens if Trump rips up the Iran deal? A view from Israel

President-elect Trump is just two months away from controlling America’s nuclear arsenal. His supporters are already working on torpedoing Obama’s greatest foreign policy success.

By Shemuel Meir

For many the combination of the words “Donald Trump” and “nuclear weapons” is the stuff of nightmares. “If we have nuclear weapons — why don’t we use it?” asked Trump during his presidential campaign. In his view nuclear weapons is akin to conventional weapons, which means they can be used to promote U.S. interests. This is the man who on January 20th, 2017 will be in control of the largest nuclear arsenal in the world. Nuclear weapons are “monarchic,” such that the president of the U.S. is the sole decision maker over when to use them.

Equally worrying was Trump’s imploring Japan and South Korea — both of which enjoy America’s nuclear umbrella under a NATO-type defense treaty — to forgo the alliance with the U.S. and to arm themselves with nuclear weapons in the face of North Korean threats. The “proposal,” whose significance would be dismantling the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) — the most universal treaty in the world, and the foundation of the global nuclear order.

But what about the Middle East? During his speech at the annual AIPAC conference in March of this year, Trump declared that the number one priority of his administration would be to “dismantle the agreement with Iran, which is a disaster.” People from Trump’s inner circle (though not Trump himself) added that the “bad deal” needs to be torn up on the first day of his presidency.

These issues, alongside additional strategic topics, are at the top of the priority list among Trump’s “first day” team, which views undoing Obama’s legacy as its top goal. The uncertainty over whether Trump will make good on his campaign promises make it difficult to truly analyze the current situation. It’s important, however, to raise the issues in light of what may come.

It is especially important to follow and see who will be appointed to Trump’s National Security Cabinet. The assumption that he will appoint neoconservatives does not bode well for the stability of the Middle East and the rest of the world. For instance, rumors that John Bolton will be appointed secretary of state. Bolton is among the harshest opponents of the Iran deal. In his article last week, Bolton ignored the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) reports,...

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Backing the Palestinian liberation struggle, as a liberal Zionist

As Diaspora Jews, do we actually talk to Palestinians about their wishes? Do we take the time to support liberal Palestinian activists? Our role is not to fight for what we think Palestinians want but to support them as they push for their liberation themselves.

By Jake Cohen

When young liberal Zionists arrive on British campuses many of us find that we naturally settle into left-wing, progressive, political circles. Our fellow progressive students are committed to anti-racism, gender equality, equality of access to higher education; it’s a natural fit.

If we just don’t mention Israel, then it’s all fine.

We learn early on that to bring up our complicated feelings of love and disappointment towards Israel, in these spaces, is to invite tension, shouting and a sense of disbelief that we can’t see how ‘simple’ the situation really is. From right-wing Zionists on campus we receive shouts of ‘traitor’ and from the Palestinian activist side, we are labelled apologists. Faced with this cold war, we tend to be left with one of two options: either we renounce our liberal values and leave progressive student spaces, or we play down our Zionism in order to continue to fight for all the other causes we care about.

So we look for a third way and are left with a question: what can we do to bring more nuance on to our campuses? The first thing we must do is apply the left wing progressive lens we have learned to use for everything else to the Israel-Palestine sphere too. This forces us to re-imagine Israel-Palestine as not just a conflict, but a liberation struggle too. As a people whose central narrative is liberation from Egypt, this shouldn’t be hard for us to understand. However, for the analogy to work we must re-position our focus. No longer are we the oppressed people. For too long, we have talked of hearing both narratives whilst still firmly placing ourselves as the main protagonists. Instead, we must de-center ourselves and make space for the Palestinians. This is what it means to view Israel-Palestine as a liberation struggle, not a conflict.

So what role do we play on Israel-Palestine? Exodus steps in with a perfect set of role models: the Egyptian midwives, Shifrah and Puah. We often use the midwives’ civil disobedience as a model for our support of Israeli NGOs working for human rights in Israel-Palestine. However,...

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In Hebron, a namesake falls short

What it means to be named Sarah in Hebron — where the streets are segregated and occupation manifests itself in the ugliest of ways.

By Sarah Stern

There is a common reaction that Palestinians have when they are introduced to me by name. “Sarah! What a nice name.” It sounds light and friendly, but this is no ordinary compliment. It carries the weight of thousands of years of collective storytelling that translates across three monotheistic religions. Sarah is the first matriarch. If my name were Rachel, Rebecca or Leah, it would be different.

Garnering this reaction so frequently gives me more appreciation for my name. Sarah’s centrality to both Muslims and Jews reflects my religious bridge-building endeavors. However, the weight of the name was more sinister on an early, formative visit in Hebron. A group of American Jews from an Encounter tour, our Palestinian guide, and I all stood in the folds of the settlements that surround the Mearat HaMachpela or Ibrahami Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs in English), the place where Abraham purchased land for his wife Sarah’s burial.

The guide told me, “Sarah – nice name.”

Hebron, historically centered around the Cave of the Patriarchs, is a microcosm of military occupation in the West Bank. Near the Cave of the Patriarchs, Palestinians are not permitted to even walk on the streets, and must instead walk along rooftops to get from place to place. Only recently, a low cement block wall was removed from the street leading to the tomb, one side intended for Palestinians and the other side for internationals and Jews. Palestinian residents fear IDF raids into their homes, sometimes for military training, and abuse from settlers.

On the day we visited Hebron with Encounter, I saw a “Shoko Besakit”, a chocolate milk bag, dangling from a fence separating a new Jewish settlement complex from shops in the Palestinian old city of Hebron. These chocolate milk bags are a favorite for IDF soldiers as quick calories after military workouts and for American Jewish visitors with eyes for the oddities of Israel, like chocolate milk in a bag. When I drew closer with my camera, however, I realized I wasn’t looking at my favorite sweet, but at a bag of urine. It was thrown down from the heavens in the settlements above.

All because of Sarah.

While I could understand the deep Jewish attachment to Hebron,...

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The oldest trick in the book, and we're still falling for it

While Netanyahu distracts the Left with attacks on the media, his right-wing coalition partners are taking far more dangerous steps.

By Ilan Manor

Like many on the Israeli left, my Facebook feed last week was swarming with images of veteran journalist Ilana Dayan trouncing Prime Minister Netanyahu. Friends from all over country felt certain that Netanyahu’s long, violent, personal, and erratic public rebuke of Dayan would be his undoing, that the prime minister had finally gone too far in his war on the media. Soon, journalists joined the choir berating Netanyahu for labelling Dayan a left-wing saboteur and propagandist.

While Netanyahu’s war on the media is distressing, it is but a trifle compared to the activities of his coalition partners in the Jewish Home party, for it is they who are transforming Israel on his behalf.

Under the leadership of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, the Jewish Home party is promoting a conservative legislative agenda that undermines many of the founding principles of Israel. Such was the case with a law limiting freedom of speech by making the promotion of boycotts against Israel cause for civil action. While left-wing ideologists have been silenced, right-wing ideologists are allowed to continue railing against traitors in their midst.

Another new law mandates that left-wing and human rights NGOs that receive the majority of their donations from abroad portray themselves as foreign agents. Political opinion was thus turned into a scarlet letter. Now Shaked wants to alter the selection process of Supreme Court justices, in an attempt to make them subservient to political masters.

This legislative agenda is more than just another attack on left-wing journalists, or any journalists for that matter. It is an attempt to systematically erode the democratic foundations of Israel and its democratic institutions.

A similar revolution has been undertaken by Education Minister Naftali Bennett. Schools are among the most important institutions in any society. It is in the classroom that historical narratives are created, where world views are nurtured and where values and morals are passed from one generation to another. Since taking office, Bennett has systematically labored to remake Israeli schools in his party’s image.

This has included the re-drafting of civic schoolbooks so as to define Israel as Jewish first and democratic second; the banning of books that dare depict love between Jewish women and Palestinian men; and the re-writing of the...

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Israel has yet to recognize the Palestinian people

The Netanyahu government insists that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state, as opposed to just recognizing that it exists. But the Israeli prime minister refuses to recognize the Palestinian people and their rights to exist as a nation, as opposed to just acknowledging the fact that they live here.

By Elie Friedman

Following World War II, the term “recognition” became political, a term whose purpose was to ensure the liberation of oppressed ethnic groups demanding political self-determination. The demand for recognition was especially relevant to conflicts surrounding identity, in which at least one side feels that the other is denying its identity and its right to become a significant actor on the world stage.

Theoretically, one can distinguish between two different components of recognition: recognition of the “other” as a nation, and recognizing its right to a state. The causal relationship between these two forms of recognition remains controversial. In my doctorate research I focused on the discourse around recognition by Israeli leaders vis-à-vis the Palestinian issue, highlighting the rhetorical “gap in recognition” by various leaders, which hindered the process of mutual recognition.

This article is about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rhetoric on recognizing the Palestinian “other.” Since 2009 Netanyahu has insisted that the State of Israel accepts the idea of a demilitarized Palestinian state, yet the Palestinians do not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, rejecting the very legitimacy of Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East. In other words, Netanyahu presents Israel as an actor that is willing to compromise, while painting Palestinians as rejecters of peace. Netanyahu has repeated his position since laying out his vision in the now-famous Bar Ilan Speech. That speech, however, laid bare the wide gap between Netanyahu’s recognition of the Palestinians’ right to a state and his recognition of the Palestinians as a nation.

In his speech, the Israeli prime minister said:

In doing so, Netanyahu presented “us” as the nation whose identity was forged in this homeland — a metaphor that ties a nation to the land — both physically and organically. The Palestinians, however, are not spoken of as a “nation” or a “people,” but rather as a “public” or “population” that “lives here” in our homeland — a sad fact of life that causes internal divisions among Israelis. The prime minister clearly distinguishes between a nation deserving of rights that shares its homeland with a population, or at most a public. In other...

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Trump is the president settlers could only dream of

Although U.S. policy toward Israeli settlements has fluctuated over time, successive American officials have consistently taken a dim view of the settlement movement. Trump and his advisors may change all that very soon.

By Derek Davison

Although President-elect Donald Trump and his foreign policy team are only beginning to develop their agenda for his coming administration, his surprising election on Tuesday may already be having an impact on Israel’s West Bank settlement policy. On Thursday, Jason Greenblatt, co-chairman of the Trump campaign’s Israel Advisory Committee, told Israel’s Army Radio that “it is certainly not Mr. Trump’s view that settlement activities should be condemned and that it is an obstacle for peace, because it is not an obstacle for peace.” Later, Israeli Science Minister Ofir Akunis, also speaking on Army Radio, “called for a renewed wave of settlement construction,” according to the Associated Press.

Greenblatt’s insistence notwithstanding, Israel’s West Bank settlements are a tremendous obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace. Liberal Jewish advocacy group J Street calls them “one of the starkest threats to the two-state solution,” and a simple look at a map of the West Bank explains why. Israeli settlers either occupy or control over 40 percent of the territory in the West Bank, including the roads that now connect the settlements to one another, and the distribution of the settlements throughout the West Bank makes the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state geographically impossible. International consensus holds that the settlements are violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibiting forced population transfers from occupied territories, and thus illegal.

It’s not even possible to reconcile Greenblatt’s claim with the comments of pro-settlement politicians inside Israel. In his Army Radio interview on Thursday, Akunis said, “We need to think how we move forward now when the administration in Washington, the Trump administration and his advisers, are saying that there is no place for a Palestinian state.” If Trump’s advisers are green-lighting new settlements in Trump’s name, and Israeli cabinet ministers take that to mean Trump believes “there is no place for a Palestinian state,” then clearly those settlements are very much an obstacle to peace.

Trump on settlements

This is not the first time Trump has been identified as pro-settlements. In an interview with the Daily Mail in May, Trump rejected the idea of a pause in settlement construction:

Asked whether there should be a pause...

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Trump's first steps on Israel/Palestine

For starters: Make the $38 billion military aid package dependent on Israeli actions to dismantle the occupation, and recognize the State of Palestine already.

By Sam Bahour

Again, the Republican candidate in the U.S. presidential elections lost the popular vote but won the election. Such is a function of the mechanics of the U.S. flavor of democracy where not every vote matters; only votes in key states matter. Nevertheless, billionaire Donald Trump is heading to the White House.

Trump’s ascent into the U.S. presidency will be the material for political analysts and historians, not to mention Hollywood, for many years to come. That noted, history has already clearly established that the difference between a candidate’s campaign and their posture once in office are like night and day. This applies to Trump just like it would apply to any other candidate. He should prepare himself to be the tool of a state apparatus which is much more about the U.S. than it will be about Trump the person, despite the best efforts of his public relations spin masters.

Campaigns are fairy tales driven by the individual candidate, whereas holding the office of the U.S. president offers a 24-hour Ph.D., especially for a non-politician, about how countries, especially the world’s super power, are complicated institutions that require cold, hard calculations built on strategic state interests. In the U.S., the president, the House of Representatives, and the Senate are merely three actors in a pool of variables that define the state’s interests.

One of these important variables are the lobbies that affect the process. The pro-Israeli lobby is one of the powerhouse lobbies that intrudes in U.S. politics and is driven, illegally, by the interests of a foreign country. For Trump to reach out to king masters in U.S. politics is to be expected given his non-existent political experience and shallow policy capacity. Yet less than 48 hours after announcing his victory, Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to New York for a meeting.

The Israeli prime minister is laughing all the way to the next West Bank hilltop, thinking he is better positioned than ever to impose his right-wing (some Israelis call it fascist) agenda on America. He is correct to think so given the Israeli settler community mobilized to support Trump’s campaign, so all indications would point to Trump embracing illegal settlement building with open arms.

As part of Donald Trump’s...

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