America has always acted as a brake on the Israeli right wing’s more destructive moves to sabotage peace. Trump has ended that
Stephen Robert is the chairman of the Watson Institute of International Studies, chancellor emeritus at Brown University, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and Brookings Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and director of the U.S./Middle East Project.
Israel’s policy of perpetual occupation is already causing an increase in animosity toward the Jewish people and their state. Perpetuating this policy fosters the beginning of an anti-Israel movement – from within and without the state – that will be difficult to reverse.
The Gaza tragedies are the most acute symptoms of the despair resulting from the failure of the peace process, but Netanyahu doesn't learn the lesson of history - occupiers always lose in the end.