One of the legacies of Trump administration in international politics has been his fanatical support for Israel and to pursue some key Arab states through covert means using deception, pressure and bribery to establish ties with Israel, totally ignoring the Palestinians.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain established diplomatic ties with Israel in deals brokered by the United States in September 2020, drawing criticism across the Arab and the Muslim world.
In late October, Israel and Sudan agreed to take steps to normalise relations in a deal brokered in White House, making Khartoum the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel. Mr Trump announced he would take Sudan off the terrorism list once it had deposited $469 million it had pledged to pay in compensation for victims of al Qaeda attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. The White House called Mr Trump’s intention to remove Sudan from the terrorism list a “pivotal turning point” for Khartoum, which is seeking to emerge from decades of isolation.
On 10 December, Morocco became the latest Arab League country to agree to normalise relations with Israel in a deal brokered with US help. As part of the deal, the US has agreed to recognise Morocco’s claim over the disputed Western Sahara region. It is the subject of a dispute between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, which has been seeking to establish an independent state.
Along with Egypt and Jordan, who had established ties with Israel in 1979 and 1994 respectively, there are now six Arab League members to normalise ties with Israel.
Arab regimes know well that the road to Washington goes through Tel Aviv and therefore they are increasingly willing to ditch their Palestinian ‘brothers’ and embrace Israel.
UAE and Bahrain who consider Iran a threat to their rule have also found a kindred spirit in Tel Aviv that also seeks to contain Iran.
With change of leadership in White House, support for Israel will only strengthen.
Kamala Harris, the first female US Vice President elect, despite having left-leaning stance, is a staunch supporter of Israel. Daughter of an Indian mother and the Jamaican father, she is married to a Jew Doug Emhoff and has been very close to Jewish groups in her state. She has made it clear multiple times that her support for Israel is unwavering.
Two of Joe Biden’s children are also married to Jews. Jewish community is excited to be represented on the Biden-Harris ticket.
Although the top Biden-Harris nominees and appointees may have been made on merit, most of them are from Jewish background with long track record as being staunch supporters of Israel.
There is strong covert global lobbying championed by Israeli intelligence Mossad now for Arab as well as other Muslim states to follow the six Arab states who have already established ties with Israel.
There has been fervent media speculation over covert Saudi-Israeli meetings; one report even said that Israeli PM Netanyahu flew to northern Saudi Arabia for clandestine parleys with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
While future of Arab – Israel relations is likely to be detrimental to the Palestinian cause, their disempowerment, their sheer persecution and gross violation of their human rights with impunity in the occupied areas of Gaza and West Bank.
The Jews, who indeed have been a persecuted people, specially in Europe and while the new generation of Israelis whose parents and grandparents spent years in concentration camps, have now converted Gaza into a concentration camp, the world’s most densely populated open prison, with more than 5,000 inhabitants per square kilometre where 1.94 million Palestinians live behind a blockade and are refused access to the other occupied Palestinian areas and the rest of the world.
It is highly unlikely that Palestinians will see better days in foreseeable future ignored by the world community and betrayed by fellow Arabs.