The way forward to peace is often through a show of strength and resolute action.
As we’ve seen in the Middle East, endless negotiations and light-footed diplomacy have proven abject failures for more than half a century.
So the world can only hope that hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s record fifth term election win will lead down the path of peace, as US President Donald Trump hopes.
A mutually supportive bond
As RAW reports, it was a clear path to re-election for Netanyahu on Wednesday, securing a parliamentary majority through religious-rightist parties despite the close contest with his main centrist challenger.
According to Netanyahu, Trump phoned him on a flight to Texas on Air Force One, to congratulate him on his recent repeated victory.
Netanyahu tweeted about the call on Wednesday:
‘Trump warmly congratulated (me) and the Israeli people.
‘[I] thanked President Trump for his tremendous support for Israel, including recognition of Jerusalem and the Golan.’
Trump and Netanyahu’s close relationship was no secret during the election campaign, with many billboards being erected of the two leaders smiling and shaking hands.
Netanyahu says that during the congratulatory call, he thanked Trump for declaring Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation earlier this week.
One step closer to peace in the Middle East
In 2017, Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and around this time last year, moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, angering Palestinians.
Last month, he recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Both acts broke decades of US policy and international consensus.
A team led by Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has been working on an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, but details are yet to be disclosed.
Though Trump told White House reporters on Wednesday that Netanyahu’s re-election is definitely a step in the peace-seeking direction.
‘Everybody says you can’t have peace in the Middle East, with Israel and the Palestinians,’ Trump said.
‘I think we have a chance. I think we have now a better chance with Bibi [an affectionate nickname for Netanyahu] having won. He’s been a great ally and he’s a friend. I’d like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race.’
Will the Palestinians co-operate?
Others are not so sure.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says ‘Israelis have voted to preserve the status quo. They have said “no” to peace and “yes” to the occupation.’
The Palestinians insist on returning the borders that existed before the 1967 war.
And the last round of US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014.
So if history repeats itself, peace may not be on the horizon. Then again, we haven’t had a Trump in office before now.
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