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Donald Trump’s first shot

Donald Trump’s first shot

In what could be one of the first announcements from the new Trump administration, the White House sources has hinted at a decision to relocate the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump, after taking oath as the 45th president of the United States, had recited quotes from Bible which says "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity". But his plan to change the embassy to Jerusalem is likely to anger Palestine worsening the enmity between the two nations forever. While Palestine sees Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, Israelis view the ancient city as its ‘eternal capital’. Trump’s predecessors have also promised to take such a move but decided against it to avoid taking sides. Trump, an advocate of colorism, and racism and an extreme right wing representative, had repeatedly promised during the 2016 presidential campaign, to back the Israel settlements in East Jerusalem violating the recurrent warnings of the UN and move the US Embassy to the holy city. The decision which is in the early stages is to please the Zionist lobby which ensured Trump’s entry to the White House at any cost and to provoke the Muslims, his main opponents. He in his address had also vowed to wipe out ‘Islamic terrorism’ from the face of the Earth which completes the picture.

According to the Zionist agenda, the establishment of the Jewish nation of Israel that officially began with the Balfour Declaration of 1917 would be realised completely only after Jerusalem becomes its capital. It’s a known fact that Israel which was formed in 1948 with the backing of the UN continued to exist without any true borders with the hope achieving its dream of a larger Israel. The Zionist nation had achieved a major win in realising its dream when it captured West Bank that included Jerusalem (Khuds), from Jordan in the 1967 war. Not only had Israel shrugged off the demand by the UN Security Council to release the Arab regions it captured in the war, but it had also relentlessly made efforts to establish Jewish colonies even in the regions which form part of Palestine as agreed between the two nations in the Oslo Accords.

As the Netanyahu government proceeded with the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, the UN Security Council in December 2016 passed a resolution that banned the settlement activity in the region. Barack Obama’s US had notably abstained from the resolution indicating a change of stance much to the surprise and relief of the rest of the world. Palestinian authority had also expressed their joy on the move. The US stance had angered and disappointed Israel who vowed to move ahead with the construction of settlements regardless of any opposition. The reason was Netanyahu’s conviction that the Trump administration would back Israel’s any move neglecting the UN resolution. The beginning of Donald Trump era proves that Netanyahu’s expectations weren’t wrong. Even though the US has repeatedly recognised the two-state solution in Palestine, Israel firmly believes that Trump would extend support in the attempts to drive the hapless Palestinians from their homes.

How the rest of the world reacts to the moves of Donald Trump and Israel, moves that are against the international diplomacy, UN guidelines and human rights, is yet to be seen. If power is the ultimate truth that drives the nations, such misbehaviours are bound to continue. But if truth, justice and humanity have still have any value left, it’s the time for the governments, parties and people to put an end to Israel’s arrogance and overtly resist Trump’s strategies. One natural consequence of relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is that other European nations and countries that back them would also follow the same path. Given the present international scenario, one has to wait and watch how many of the Arab-Muslim nations would display the courage to even point a finger at Donald Trump.

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