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The Israeli Solution
By: Mohammad Al-Sahli
July 13, 2017

Tel Aviv considers that the coming up Trump's administration and the conflicts that are revolving around it in the Arab region, are two complementary factors so that it can clarify its ambitions, in the context of a political plan, compatible with the headlines of the "regional peace" that is presented by the US administration.

According to interesting statements for many parties the Netanyahu government, the Israeli plan goes beyond bilateral negotiations with the Palestinian side, considering that it will only come with a " limited solution", and the right choice, is to achieve a comprehensive and multilateral solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on principles that are formulated by Tel Aviv which will introduce them, to Trump's administration at first before resuming negotiations on settlement in the region.

According to this Israeli solution, Tel Aviv seeks to reap the "largest" harvest from the worsening situation in the Arab and Palestinian situations. The only way to achieve this, is through the American administration's adoption for its ambitions and putting the pressure to embody them.

At first, the headlines of the Israeli plan contradict with the principle of establishing an independent Palestinian state, as was stated in a many international plans regarding the settlement, therefore; the reverse talking was about the establishment of a "stable and prosperous Palestinian entity" which is the essence of the "economic peace" that has been repeatedly proposed by Benjamin Netanyahu. This entity should be secured through international commitments, i.e. , funding. According to the Israeli plan, the direct supervision for this entity, would be preferred by both Jordan and Egypt, through a "confederation". This is evidenced by the fact that Tel Aviv sees the existing conditions as a chance to eliminate the Palestinian national identity by the re-annexation of the entire Palestinian Bank and Gaza Strip to Egypt and Jordan. In this context, the "Jewish majority" must be secured through the complete demographic separation from Palestinians, and the continued imposition of Israeli sovereignty over most of the Palestinian Bank. Tel Aviv increases its siege on the Palestinians by imposing naturalization of Palestinian refugees in the countries where they were residing through international support for this endeavor.

These aspirations were not far from the recent Herzliya conference's discussions in Israel. It was clear the endorsement of areas of agreement with the Trump's administration, in terms of the escalation against Iran and Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance as the context of the headlines that have been presented by the informal Israeli plan there is «fighting Iran's influence» and putting an end to its nuclear project which intersects with the discussions and conclusions that were declared by the Gulf Arab Islamic meetings with President Trump during his visit to Riyadh.

Under the title of confronting the "Iranian threat", Tel Aviv is seeking to form an alliance with the "moderate" Arab capitals, and under the umbrella of it there will be the imposition of the Israeli solution on the Palestinian front, also, this will go beyond that, in light of the Israeli ambition to obtain a recognition of sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan by these capitals.

We notice from the main points of this plan that Tel Aviv has overstepped, through its discourse with the US administration, the issue of settlement and it is no longer proposing for its annexation to it because what Israel aspires to, is the perpetuation of the occupation of most of the Palestinian Bank, and does not see itself forced to struggle with anyone about the future of settlement, as it will always be under Israeli sovereignty and the issue of its constant expansion is an internal matter.

Perhaps what drives Tel Aviv to declare its ambitions, is its comprehension that the Arab region is facing a reshaping by the hands of big players in the region and the world. So, as Israel considers itself a significant regional player, therefore; the other players must take into consideration its interests so that it can "help" in restoring stability of the region, which also was not hidden in the discussions of the Herzliya Conference. Within the framework of mechanisms that Tel Aviv believes that they are available to advance its plans towards implementation, the American dealing with the Arab and Palestinian situations comes.

The Palestinian Authority recognizes that it does not hear from the American envoy except the Israeli conditions, and that the American discourse is limited to ensure the "rehabilitation" of the Palestinian situation in accordance with Israeli conditions and considerations. Especially is the issue of the families of martyrs and prisoners and everything that related with the Palestinian national struggle against the occupation. It’s so clear that the more American pressure on PA achieves some of its objectives, the more Tel Aviv will advance its aspirations at the expense of the Palestinian people and its national rights.

Tel Aviv is also aware that the American strategy in the region has not been changed by the Trump administration, but it is also aware that the new American president and his administration are in line with Israeli interests, through the gate of the regional solution, that will necessary marginalize the Palestinian factor more and more, in the existing equation. Therefore, the issue of the establishment of the Palestinian state, or even the working on it, is no longer a condition for establishing relations between Arab states and the Israeli occupation.

What helps the occupation to move forward in investing in the developments in the region is Washington's lining up for the Arab region and its orienting for the compass of its targets towards the resistance and its allies, while the occupation is presented as a friend and a qualified partner to play a "leading" role in these alignments. In addition to that is the deteriorating situation of the Palestinian situation, in light of the growing division and the continuation of the policy of betting on the US role in the settlement, despite the clarity of the American discourse towards the Palestinian situation.

The pressures are likely to be raised by Washington in order to make the PA acquiescing to the American-Israeli conditions. So, if the PA continues its policy of waiting, the illusion of settlement will place the national rights in the trap of waste, and the Israeli policies will progress towards achieving their goals on the rubble of these rights.

On the other hand, the Palestinian situation has open options in facing the occupation, they begin by struggling it in the field and will be culminated in politics by heading to the UN institutions, especially the ICC. In addition to that, there is the re-consideration to the national consensus decisions, and at the forefront, are the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council in the last session.

Mohammad Al-Sahli is an Editor in Chief of Al-Hourriah newspaper, the official speaker of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Translated by: Hassan Barazi
Revised by: Ibrahim Motlaq

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