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Trump's punishment of Palestinians boomerangs at Israel

Instead of distancing himself from decisions that will cause a backlash at Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed US President Donald Trump’s decisions to cut UNRWA funds and close the PLO office in Washington.
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC1A43C3C000
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On Aug. 30, 1993, two weeks prior to the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, better known as the Oslo I Accord, an angry Benjamin Netanyahu, then head of the opposition, took to the Knesset podium. "We will use all legitimate means at the disposal of a democratic opposition to stop this foolish process, which endangers the very future of the country," he declared.

Nowadays — on the agreement’s 25th anniversary — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can declare victory, although any more such victories will truly spell an end to the State of Israel.

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