On Friday, the settlers and the Israeli right in power had reason to celebrate. They could barely contain their joy for the appointment announced by Donald Trump of his adviser and friend of the most radical Israeli right David Friedman as the new U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Since Trump won the presidential elections in the U.S., not a day has passed without some good news for the Netanyahu government and the religious ultranationalists who dominate the Israeli political scene. Not that the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton did not give them enough guarantees of alliance. But with Trump, it’s a nonstop party. Far different from the cantankerous Barack Obama.
To be sure, the outgoing president has done nothing to encourage a just response to the Palestinian issue. But he condemned the colonization of the Occupied Territories and has also made a nuclear deal with the Iranians defying Israel. So with the Obama presidency winding down, Friedman signals a new dawn in the denial of the rights of Arabs and Palestinians, starting from Jerusalem, passing through the occupied Syrian Golan to the Gaza Strip, besieged for the last 10 years.