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Honestly, what is it about Fridays, the Trump administration, and the Palestinians? Each of the last three Fridays, “at the direction of the president,” State Department officials have unveiled new cuts to U.S. aid, all aimed at Palestinian civilians (after the U.S. had already made “drastic cuts to its contribution to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees” back in January). Three Fridays ago, more than $200 million for humanitarian and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza was slashed. Two Fridays ago, it was another $60 million, previously scheduled to go to the U.N. agency running schools and health clinics there. Last Friday, the administration went after six East Jerusalem hospitals, including “cutting money to cover cancer treatments and other critical care.” All told, it adds up to more than $300 million in aid cuts aimed at the most vulnerable of Palestinians.

This evidently passes for a negotiating tactic in the Trump era, as the president made all too clear in a recent new year’s call to American Jewish community leaders and rabbis. In a world in which Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner have already given copiously to the Israelis — moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and backing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the hilt — this is apparently how the art of the deal applies to the Middle East. (“If we don’t make a deal, we’re not paying,” said the president in that phone call. “And that’s going to have a little impact.”)

No one should be surprised by any of this. As its grim policy of separating children and their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border demonstrated, Donald Trump’s administration has no hesitation about going after the weakest human link in any chain. And sadly, while his is a particularly extreme version of American policy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it remains more culmination than break on this grim 25th anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accords, as TomDispatch regular Sandy Tolan, author of Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, suggests today.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Anonymous[199] • Disclaimer says:

    Oslo was indeed doomed from the start. Uri Avnery explained all the whys and hows in his writing, and events panned out just as he predicted.

  2. Oslo was a fraud just like all the other ‘steps’ taken to ‘build confidence’ and create ‘two states’ for ‘two peoples’ blah blah blah. It was all a Zionist ruse. Now Israel’s ‘conquest phase’ is underway. Palestine, Iran, Lebanon and any other nation that gets in Israel’s way will be dealt with. Harshly. Methodically. Israel owns Washington. The game is up.

    Don’t blame Trump for Israeli cruelty and Israeli criminality. Israeli power in America is too deep and too vast for any administration to resist. Even Obama had to bomb Syria and toss Israel billions in order to keep the ‘peace’ inside America.

    In similar fashion, Trump must shore up tepid Jewish support if he wants to finish out his term. This is the level of power that the Zionist lobby enjoys inside ‘secular’ USA. Trump knows this all too well.

    As for Trump’s separation of children from their alleged parents at the US/Mexico border, there’s no comparison to what Israel does and what Israel gets away with. The Zions in the un-Holy land commonly shoot their misbehaving goyim dead. This includes children. And Israel is busily ethnically-cleansing historic Palestine of gentiles. This is Jewish supremacism in action. Whites in America are far more accommodating to their ‘minorities’ than Jews are in Israel. Please take note.

    Mexico is also a sovereign state. These poor, dopey Hispanic gatecrashers are here in the US for the almighty dollar. These interlopers have knowingly entered the US illegally and they deserve swift deportation. They are unwelcome parasites. And they have arrived here unlawfully by the million. But the Dems love this because these Spanish-speaking aliens keep the corrupt Dems in power.

    Like the Zions, the Hispanic lobby inside America is fast becoming are a resentful, race-conscious Fifth Column. Just what we need.

    If only the US could deport the countless Israel-firsters who are undermining our war-happy nation on behalf of Israel. That would be a huge step forward. Dear Zionist Jews: please visit Israel and please stay there!

  3. Great article!
    But watch your back.

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