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The U.S.-Israel alliance means chaos for the Middle East. Here’s why

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USA – March 26, 2019

The recent American decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has caused outrage within the Middle East and the escalation of the decades-long conflict between Palestine and Israel in Gaza.

March 25, 2019 could become a turning point in the history of the Middle East, with the balance of powers broken. Despite the official opinion of the United Nations and of the Arab countries of the region, President Trump claimed that the U.S. recognized the disputed territory of the Golan Heights as part of Israel. 

This is great news for Tel-Aviv (or, for Jerusalem if we follow the American approach to this controversial issue) and for the Israeli leader Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the same time, it’s the worst news possible for the legitimate leader of Syria, President Bashar Hafez al-Assad, whose country has been torn apart by the Western powers during the ongoing war. 

Netanyahu has been in power for ten years, and he seeks re-election desperately, so the American recognition of the Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights might be portrayed as non-material help to the pro-Washington candidate. Playing the game, in a recent interview Trump denied the connection to Netanyahu’s electoral prospects, stating: “I wouldn’t even know about that. I have no idea. I hear he’s doing okay.” But that’s just too much of a coincidence. 

Another strange coincidence is that Netanyahu has canceled his American Israel Public Affairs Committee speech and cut his U.S. trip due to the escalation in Gaza, which was highly expected from the beginning of the Golan Heights recognition story (and, of course, Trump couldn’t surprise Netanyahu with this news; this rather was well-planned). Going back home in the wake of new rocket attacks from Gaza, Netanyahu is probably counting on such populist measures as a bold political trick to deceive the Israeli electorate. 

And the electorate has to be persuaded to vote for the political party that supports Netanyahu’s Prime Minister ambitions. According to the latest polls, Netanyahu’s political party, Likud, is in danger of losing the upcoming election. The most moderate projections give the Blue and White Party, the main opponent of Likud, up to 32 seats in the Knesset, with Likud having only 28. In the case of Blue and White’s victory, Netanyahu’s future is quite uncertain, as the opposition could launch a campaign to have him impeached. Thus, despite what Trump says, Netanyahu is not “doing okay.” 

Washington has been doing everything in can to save Netanyahu for a long time. It’s well-known that this was one the key reasons for the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017, which sparked outrage in the Arab world and, in fact, proved the point that the U.S. had always been involved in the permanent conflict between Israel and Palestine, but not as a mediator. The decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights is of the same nature: Helping Netanyahu in his political ambitions, Washington simply provokes Arab countries to unite against Israel. 

From the international point of view, the Golan Heights is an occupied territory, as United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 reads:

Having considered the letter of 14 December 1981 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic contained in document S/14791, reaffirming that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, the principles of international law and relevant Security Council resolutions,

1. Decides that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect;

2. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, should rescind forthwith its decision…

Thus, both Tel-Aviv and Washington directly violate this resolution and are the aggressors against Syria, since the territory of the Golan Heights (that has been under Israeli occupation since the end of the Six-Day War back in June 1967) isn’t returned to the legitimate owner, which is the state of Syria. The resolution, in its turn, was signed when Israel unilaterally claimed sovereignty over the Golan Heights back in 1981.

The UN’s position remained the same, as the Secretary-General Guterressaid in a report on recent activities of the UN peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights that he was “gravely concerned” at escalating tension there between Israel and Syria. He circulated the report on Monday to the Security Council. 

As a result of the American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, chaos immediately arose in the region. The escalation meant that Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel early Tuesday, and this is, unfortunately, only the beginning of it. The alliance between America and Israel that doesn’t consider the interests of the Arab countries to be valuable means chaos for the region, and the aggravation of the old conflict is another proof of it.

Of course, the process is two-sided if we talk about America and Israel, and not only Washington influences Israeli political system, but Israel also does the same to the U.S. through lobbying its interests through its diaspora. The most recent proof of it comes from the documentary movie produced by Al Jazeera. According to journalist and blogger Ali Abunimah, a co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine:

The documentary reveals how pro-Israel supporters raise vast amounts of cash to support US election candidates who back Israel’s agenda – and the film suggests some of their methods skirt campaign finance laws.

In the context of the mosque massacres by a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this month, and concern about growing anti-Semitism, I also talked about how Israel is a force today promoting and inspiring Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and extremism that is destabilizing the world…

A team of Al Jazeera correspondents and analysts has come to some revolutionary discoveries, for example – that the leading neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies is functioning as an agent of the Israeli government. Thus, helping Tel-Aviv, at the same time Washington lets the diaspora into the secret spheres of American politics which should warn fellow Americans. And, of course, the fact that Tel-Aviv supporters promote Islamophobia contributes to the thesis that the strategic alliance of the U.S. and Israel means chaos for the Middle East in the best possible way.

Author: USA Really