The success of Donald Trump in November 2016 was definitely one of the more interesting turns in events this year. After the horrors of Brexit, many of us had the attitude that anything could happen and indeed, it can. Luckily, as a Brit I don’t have to call him my President elect, just the moron across the pond who has already made it clear that he’s not worried at all about declaring war or infuriating many ‘allies’. In the UK we can now (jokingly) be glad that we’re not the biggest idiots of 2016 – America you won that one.
All joking aside, nothing about this future President is funny. He’s divided his people which has led to numerous protests across Democratic states and the US people have seen a serious rise in hate crimes with Nazism appearing to be on the rise. In a country where a race war already seemed likely, the future looks rocky.
It’s not all bad though – Trump will have some friends; Mr Putin & Mr Netanyahu. Although the potential relationship Trump and Putin will have is fascinating and could change the international dynamics considerably, I doubt it will have the devastating impact of ‘Trumtanyahu‘. In the past week, Donald Trump has voiced that ‘things will change’ when he takes office in January 2017. The UN Resolution condemning Israeli building of settlements in the West Bank was originally put forward by Egypt. However, reports on the 22nd/23rd December reported that Mr Trump ‘had words’ with Egypt’s President Sisi leading to the withdrawal of the resolution. One can presume that Egypt’s reliance on American aid and ‘diplomatic’ ties was enough to persuade Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that the Resolution was not in his or his allies best interests.
Thankfully (unless you’re Netanyahu/Trump/Zionist), New Zealand, Venezuela, Malaysia and Senegal stepped up to the podium and ‘took one for the team’. There is no other way to put it considering Benjamin Netanyahu’s later actions involved him saying he would ‘willingly declare war on New Zealand’. It was a miracle in itself that the resolution passed – Samantha Power being the one to deliver the blow to Israel that the US was abstaining and for once, would not be the veto power. The US government action is undoubtedly too little too late in the Israel-Palestine conflict and Obama’s administration with his legacy in the conflict being two failed peace talk attempts but it’s about to get a lot worse for the Palestinians under the next administration.
Donald Trump had previously made it clear who he favours in the Israel/Palestine region with his intentions of Jerusalem becoming the capital of Israel – the most contested area in the conflict – but this week, Donald Trump has tweeted his showing his support for the nation and condemning the actions of the current administration, with similar support being shown for him from Netanyahu. Along with this, Trump’s desire to ‘support’ (or not condemn) Israeli settlement is not only a change in policy from Obama but a giant kick in the teeth for the UN who maintain that the settlement building is illegal and even worse for the Palestinians, who face yet another hurdle in their quest to regain statehood.
The future for Palestinians seems doomed – as if if could be anymore bleak than it already was. Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump are destined to make a deadly pair. It seems likely that conflict is on the horizon as the Palestinians may perhaps feel more and more frustrated with the situation leading to Hamas picking up rockets again and even the possibility of another intifada on the horizon. We all know how this story goes – retaliation to all out war and bombardment – it could be a dangerous five years in the land of Palestine.