OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Palestinian march protesting the Modiin Illit settlement in the West Bank. Photo: AP

Let us begin with a clear assertion: The issue of the Palestinian state and its population will not be resolved as long as the United States supports Israel. Or in other words, it will only be resolved the day there is a president in the White House ready to resolve it.

There is no need to be clairvoyant or a scholar to understand this. Every day that passes, it becomes clearer to the international community: Israel is an appendage of what Washington says and does, whoever the President may be.

Washington needs Israel, and accommodates it within its policy of war in the Middle East. And Washington is vital to Tel Aviv because it supplies arms and international support.

If not, how can the fact that Washington hands more than three billion dollars a year over to Israel, in addition to providing it with the most sophisticated weapons, be explained? This besides ensuring that it can continue its genocide against the Palestinian population, with minimal condemnation.

There have been several so-called peace plans sponsored by Washington, shamelessly ignored by their sponsor. The road maps have already faded away and in no sense has there been peace.

How is it possible that Tel Aviv, in addition to seizing Palestinian territories, can illegally build thousands of settlements in order to populate them with Jews, while the native population is not allowed to rebuild its homes, and much less are the millions of Palestinians expelled by Israeli authorities allowed to return?

How can the U.S. demand that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea denuclearize, or Iran halt its nuclear development, when Israel, illegally and without allowing any monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency, has nuclear weapon facilities and more than 200 warheads ready to be launched at any neighboring country, which it arrogantly threatens to do?

Let no one be deceived, much less with the individual now installed in the White House. There will be no peace in Palestine or the Middle East region as long as Washington maintains its imperialist policy and Israel fulfills the role of spearhead, on which the Pentagon relies to contribute to the destabilization of the area through military aggression.

CLOSURE OF PLO OFFICES IN WASHINGTON

As part of the anti-peace process led by Washington, the latest move announced by Donald Trump was the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) offices in that city. As host nation to the UN, the U.S. should not hinder the functioning of any member, observer state, office or delegation to the United Nations.

But for Trump, the UN and its regulations are of little importance, much less the international commitments signed by previous U.S. administrations.

The United States signed the Paris Agreement on climate change, and Trump defiantly pulled out. He did the same with the Iran Nuclear Deal – one of the major breakthroughs in international diplomacy in the last decade – tossed into the trash can by the tycoon president. To make matters worse, at the end of August, he announced an end to all U.S. funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agencyfor Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), leaving over five million Palestinian citizens, the majority children, to fend for themselves.

So, why would Trump care about a PLO office? He doesn’t care that Palestinian children lack medicines, or die because of this, or lack food and schools. Nor does it concern him that one day his sponsee Israel could use its nuclear arsenal for an attack that could cause the third, and perhaps last, world war.

The trigger that could unleash the “nuclear winter,” about which Fidel Castro warned more than once, is unfortunately in the hands of the current occupant of the White House and the Israeli Premier.

In the context of the closure of the Palestinian offices and the cut in funding for its refugees, Trump has aimed his guns at another UN mechanism: the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The New York Times reports that the U.S. government has declared war on the ICC, based in The Hague, which it considers “illegitimate,” saying it will prohibit its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. All because the Palestinian government has denounced Israel’s genocide against its population before the Court.

It is worth remembering that neither the United States nor Israel have ratified the fundamental ICC treaty.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, quoted by Arab television channel Al Mayadeen, during an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, denounced that “The Palestinian cause is getting bleaker with the recent measures adopted by U.S. President Donald Trump, and the complicit silence of many countries of the Arab world.”

Twenty-five years have passed since the peace agreement established by the Oslo Accords, yet according to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, today “what remains of Oslo is the worst of everything.”

In the last 25 years, the number of Jewish settlers on occupied Palestinian territories has tripled, now standing at 650,000. In addition, Israeli authorities, and especially the army, completely control the vast majority of what the international community recognizes as the State of Palestine.

And as if that were not enough to destroy what remains of the many peace initiatives for the region, the current U.S. President dealt the final blow, going one step beyond anyone before him: moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, undermining all prior consensus that the holy city belonged to both states, Israel and Palestine.