Israel's colonisation enterprise has being ongoing since 1968. It has taken over most of the land designated for Palestine and moved in its occupying population. While negotiations were going on, colonies were being build and expanding. East Jerusalem was annexed in contravention of international law. In the occupied territories, Jews live under civil law while Palestinians are under military rule. Their movement is constricted and controlled by the military, their lands taken, cut off from their livelihood by separating them from their fields by roads whose use is allowed only to Jewish colonists. The US has allowed this even facilitated it to go on for decades. These injustices, which the US government decries in other parts of the world, have now been internationalised and it is no longer a political case of the power brokers alone. Abbas has changed the dynamic. Israel can either negotiate and agree to end its occupation in all its forms or the palestinans, seeing that Israel has made a two state solution impossible must advocate for a binational state where Arabs and Jews will have equal rights and zionism will not be the domineering ideology that has brought about this sad chapter in the history of the country.
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