Article in Sol Newspaper
By João Campos Rodrigues
While the BDS calls for a boycott of the Eurovision festival, in Tel Aviv, Trump’s plan
for the conflict between Israel and Palestine includes the annexation of settlements in the West Bank.
For months, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, is speaking of the “Deal of the century”, a supposed agreement to put an end to conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Washington indicated that the deal would be disclosed at the beginning of June after Ramadan . However, this week the Isreal Hayon newspaper said it had access to main points of the proposal, from documents of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The revealed points are the same as the intentions of the first Israeli minister, Benjamin
Netanyahu, who promised the annexations of Israeli settlements in West Bank. The disclosed agreement says that these “will remain in the hands of Israel “- with prospect of growing within the isolated areas between settlements. Netanyahu has already told the Ysrael Hayom newspaper that their conditions were that: ‘No settler leaves, Israel in control of the territory west of the Jordan river and no division of Jerusalem “. All of them
are in the agreement.
“The annexation of the settlements means the legalization of the occupation.” said Nabil Abuznaid, Ambassador of Palestine to Portugal. The ambassador confirms that the
Palestinian Authority did not have access to the document and was only informed through the media. But taking into account what has been disclosed, Abuznaid, has no doubts
that the proposal is one of the ‘Biased agreement’, that “will only bring more suffering to
Palestinians’. The ambassador said that despite the promises of Netanyahu, “nothing was ever done to annex settlements”, but that perhaps the prime minister will be “encouraged to do so due to the new agreement”.
The ambassador of Palestine does not trust Trump’s ability to act as mediator, noting how he “Cut off all American humanitarian aid to the Palestinian”. “Does it seem to you that there may be a fair deal?”Abuznaid asks, emphasizing that many of Trump’s closest advisers are “mostly right-wing Jews, not even liberal Jews, represent the right-wing Israeli population.”
Trump’s muscular approach to international diplomacy is clear in the “deal of the century,” promising to cancel all support to both sides if they disagree with the measures – noting in particular that in the Palestinian case he “will not allow any country in the world to transfer money for them. ”
Abuznaid assured that there is no chance that the Palestinian Authority accepts these conditions. If Trump meets the threats, the ambassador has doubts about the future. “Palestine will survive and I believe it will win in the end. But as for the Palestinian Authority, whether it will collapse or not, that’s a different story. ”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the reason for the calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a movement which asked Conan Osiris not to go to Tel Aviv to represent Portugal in Eurovision – even through a letter from Roger Waters. Contacted by SOL, Esther Mucznik, a specialist in Jewish culture, called the boycott “an absurdity,” stating that harassing Israeli artists “is to harass the critical conscience of Israel, silence a critical voice.”
Questioned about the fact that the artist who won the Israeli victory, Netta Barzilai, sang in the Israeli navy band – accused of war crimes by the Palestinians – Mucznik assures that “she is free to sing for whomever she wants”, stressing that the Eurovision will be in Tel Aviv, “the most democratic, liveliest, most creative city.” Ben White, a member of the BDS, said in an interview that culture plays an important role in the “propaganda battles” of the Israeli state, and that “gastronomy, music or nightlife in Tel Aviv are part of the so-called rebranding of Israel ‘.