Trump's deal of half a century

An inevitable conclusion after 52 years of occupation, says Yossi Mekelberg.

The World Today Published 10 February 2020 Updated 2 November 2020 2 minute READ

It is tempting to see President Donald Trump’s ‘vision’ for Middle East peace as an alignment between the most rightwing government in Israel’s history and a US administration packed with hawks who are ardent supporters of the Jewish state for ideological and strategic reasons.

There is obviously a grain of truth in this. Cynics would add that the timing of the plan’s announcement was a deliberate diversion from the predicaments of Trump’s impeachment and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s corruption indictment, and to give them a boost as both will be facing the electorate this year.

A more historical examination, however, might conclude that the plan’s unveiling was the inevitable conclusion of the 52-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the disastrous failure of the Oslo peace process.

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