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Massacre in Gaza: Beyond the two-state solution

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16.05.2018

After every fresh horror reported in Israel-Palestine, observers note that the two-state solution is in jeopardy. Yet following the latest massacre, of at least 60 civilian protesters from Gaza at the hands of Israeli forces, and after years of increasing misery in the densely populated coastal strip as Israel maintains its siege, it is not just the two-state solution that seems implausible; it is any solution.

On May 14th, the Trump administration formally relocated the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a dangerous decision earlier overwhelmingly condemned by a majority of the United Nations General Assembly (128-9) and all 28 EU foreign ministers.

During its first 14 months in office, the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda has been driven not by a clear ideology or national interest, but a determination to do the opposite of whatever President Obama did during his tenure in office: witness its decisions to withdraw from the JCPOA and the Paris Climate Agreement. With the relocation of the embassy, the White House took another alarming Middle East policy decision while flat out ignoring the pleas of the international community to rethink. On the day the........

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