The two-state solution has been a pipe dream for over a decade.
Much hand-wringing has occurred in the wake of Donald Trump’s bumbling press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu this past week, mostly centered on Trump’s apparent abandonment of fifteen years worth of US policy towards Israel-Palestine. In a single rambling and barely coherent sentence, Trump tossed decades of diplomacy, from Oslo in 1993 until today, onto the trash heap. Or so some would have us believe.
The cold reality is that Oslo and it’s two-state solution have been near death for much longer than most people would be comfortable admitting. Netanyahu’s own Likud party has never backed a Palestinian state in any form, and their annexation policy has increased the settler population in the West bank by over 100,000. The increasing fragmentation of Palestinian territories through Israeli annexation has made a separate Palestinian state increasingly nonviable, and the US’s unwavering political and military support, public finger-wagging notwithstanding, has hastened it’s irrelevance.
Perhaps Donald Trump, in his obviously ignorant and inelegant way, has finally forced us to stop fooling ourselves about Israel and about the prospects for peace. Israel is and has been aggressively embracing apartheid, and will face international condemnation and perhaps real economic and political consequences, despite the US’s blocking of any meaningful check on Israel’s behavior. The BDS Movement is perhaps the best and most accessible form of resistance, but even this has become the target of suppression by Zionist elements in the US.
My take away from the Trump/Netanyahu joint news conference is that Donald Trump’s ignorance of this issue is astounding. His answer jettisoning the two-state solution was the inchoate stammering of a man who is absolutely cluless about the question’s subject, but who likes the guy standing next to him and wants to be cordial. Hearing Netanyahu giggling off camera like a little girl who just received a pony was perhaps the punctuation of an extraordinarily cringe-worthy moment in US foreign policy. In my estimation, many more will follow.
America has now embraced apartheid in Israel/Palestine. And Bibi now has the chimp he’s always wanted.