A Netanyahu win in April election may cause some to rethink support for BDS.
By Dean Obeidallah | Forward | Apr 1, 2019
… if Netanyahu and Trump both team up to say no to Palestine, and yes to Palestinians living under permanent occupation with no civil rights, where does that leave people like me?
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have so very much in common.
They’re both being investigated for corruption; Netanyahu is on the verge of being indicted, while Trump is still being investigated by the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Both Bibi and Trump use the term “Fake News” to delegitimize media outlets critical of them. And both have courted the support of extremists. Trump has retweeted visible white supremacists and defended racists as “fine people” after Charlottesville, while Netanyahu recently embraced the political party known as “Jewish Power” which has been called the KKK of Israel.
And now these BFF’s have something else in common: They both oppose self-determination for Palestinians. And in so doing, Netanyahu and Trump will almost certainly push people desperate for justice to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, known as BDS.
Bibi has made it clear for a while now that he opposes a Palestinian state, though the American media has for the most part shockingly ignored this. He stated it point blank in 2015 when he last ran for re-election, insisting there will never be a Palestinian state on his watch. And just a few weeks ago, he reaffirmed that position. He told Israeli voters, “A Palestinian state would endanger our existence” and slammed his main political rivals by claiming that in contrast to him, “Sooner or later, probably sooner, they will establish a Palestinian state.”
And because Netanyahu opposes both a Palestinian state and — one presumes — granting the millions of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza the right to vote in Israeli elections, he is committed to permanently dispossessing them of civil rights and citizenship in any state — a Palestinian one or a Jewish one.