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The Palestinians have an opportunity for strategic changes in the current crises

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With the Covid-19 pandemic causing health, political, social and economic crises around the world leading to a new “normal” way of doing things, in occupied Palestine there’s no change. Israeli colonialism continues apace.

Israel knows well what it means to be in crisis: it has had three General Elections since April last year; the Prime Minister is accused of fraud, bribery and abuse of trust; and just a few weeks ago Benjamin Netanyahu formed a unity government with the leader of Blue and White, Benny Gantz, who had said that he would never go into partnership with his rival. The pandemic pushed the politicians to get together with a common agenda to annex the Jordan Valley and other occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

The fact is that the colonisation of all of Palestine has been supported by all political parties in Israel since 1948; it still is. “Greater Israel” is a national priority, and several Israeli leaders have said so. Zeev Jabotinsky, who inspired Netanyahu’s Likud party, said: “We cannot give any compensation for Palestine, neither to the Palestinians nor to other Arabs. Therefore, a voluntary agreement is inconceivable. All colonisation, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population. This colonisation can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arab. To formulate it any other way would be hypocrisy.” (The Iron Wall, 1923) He added that Zionism “is an adventure of colonisation.” (Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians, 1992)

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Yitzhak Rabin of the Israeli Labor Party signed the Oslo Accords. He also announced the new guidelines approved by his party leadership. They established that his future government would “consolidate and strengthen settlements along the confrontation lines” in the main strategic locations — the Jordan Valley and the Syrian Golan Heights — having also being in favour of continuing construction in Jerusalem. This clearly shows that the Labor government had no intention — although some believe it did — of stopping colonisation during the Oslo process. Indeed, as its settlement strategies prove, it increased it considerably.

Thus, many Palestinians do not understand why the international........

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