Slowly but surely, President Trump kills the sacred cows of Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy.
Last week, the State Department announced a $ 200 million cut in annual assistance to the Palestinian Authority. Earlier, America abolished the United Nations Relief Agency, a body founded in 1949 to supply about 750,000 Arab refugees from the war who were shot down by Israel's neighbors.
UNRWA cares for over 5 million refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. She deals exclusively with Palestinians while another UN agency deals with refugees around the world.
Next, Washington plans to announce a cap on 500,000 refugees UNRWA can handle. Moreover, they are counted as other refugees are counted, rather than the expansive route, only Palestinian "refugees" are counted, which includes multigenerational offspring.
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Absurdly, Palestinian UNRWA clients remain in camps where the Palestinian Authority or Gaza, where Hamas has full control, remains The Palestinian Rule "Refugees" Remain (19659002) Since Jimmy Carter's days, and even more since the Oslo Accords of Clinton, Washington has seen "refugees" as a "core issue" between the parties, with America as arbitrators
It never became solved. Just as Trump recognizes the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (another traditional "core theme"), the course is changing. And as expected, veteran peace processors scream a bloody murder
But not just them. Israeli security companies are concerned that cash cuts could affect cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.
It is true that despite the $ 200 million reduction in aid, America will continue to fund Palestinian security bodies. And the other cut to UNRWA certainly has little to do. However, the funds are fungible and PA President Mahmoud Abbas could take revenge by diverting funds from welfare security.
And so "the ramifications of [Trump’s] abrupt steps will only empower the radicals," warns an Israeli army spokesman. Peter Lerner, in Haaretz
Einat Wilf, the Israeli co-author of "The War for Return", a book criticizing the call for a "right to return", disagrees. As an advocate of peace negotiations with the Palestinians, she nevertheless urges the dismantling of UNRWA
"UNRWA calls for radicalism," she says. "It keeps the dream alive that the status quo will return before 1948 and that Israel will be removed from the map as a Jewish state I am not against helping Palestinians, only against promoting that dream."
Jonathan Schanzer , a former US Treasury Department terrorist official, argues that Trump's presentation of his "century-long" peace plan to Washington is weakening the Palestinian Authority.
After all, Abbas rejected Trump's plan before he saw him, tried to end America's primacy in the Peace Foundation, and continued to denounce the US everywhere. Maybe Trump thinks that help is just a bad business.
Nevertheless, Schanzer suspects that once Trump's plan is over, America may be able to renew its financial aid or even co-ordinate with supporting Arab states. Schanzer notes that Trump is sharply turning his back on traditional US peacemakers who "put Israel and the Palestinians on an equal footing with the negotiating table"
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This process took too seriously the Palestinian dream that 5 million "refugees" would someday flood the Jewish state.
"The current dynamics and Trump's expected offer do not recognize the pursuit, it recognizes the reality," says Schanzer.
Critics say it's all shortsighted. And indeed, Trump's new approach could lead to an increase in violence – in the short term. But in the end, Gordian knots are cut.
In the long run, peacemaking will be successful if it takes into account the facts of the 21st century and not the hopes of 1948.