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A Blessing in Disguise? The Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine

• http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com, By Ramzy Baro

Israel is dizzy. January 20 has been like another Christmas Day, and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed as the next US Ambassador to Israel an extremist, David Friedman, who intends to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and who supports the expansion of illegal colonies that have already sliced up the envisaged Palestinian state into South Africa-like Bantustans.

Thus, it must be odd, if not altogether provocative, to suggest that a Trump presidency could be the coup de grace that Palestinians and, in fact, the entire Middle East needs to liberate themselves from the weight of an overbearing, arrogant and futile American foreign policy that has extended for decades.

Unmistakably, a Donald Trump presidency is clearly terrible for Palestinians in the short term. The man does not even attempt to show a degree of impartiality or an iota of balance as he approaches the Middle East's most protracted and delicate conflict.

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