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"World" editorial. Reviving his vocabulary as a businessman, Donald Trump assured, Tuesday January 28 in Washington, that his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was "Win-win".

The President of the United States could not have said it better. By paving the way for annexations of Palestinian territory, this plan immediately benefits his ally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is handling current affairs between two unsuccessful elections, with the justice of his country in its hands. The "Vision" The president’s president will also be praised by American evangelical Christians, who blindly support Israel for theological reasons and form part of its electoral base.

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This plan certainly outlines the possibility of a Palestinian state, but it is immediately to impose conditions on it that its perspective appears as imprecise as a horizon. Benjamin Netanyahu also wanted to reassure all that his country has ultranationalists on Tuesday, saying that the Palestinians will probably "Take a long time to get to the start of this path". The Trump plan is therefore more surely a new and decisive step in the destruction of a national project. Whatever the long-term cost for Palestinians and Israel alike.

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Make no mistake, Tuesday's announcements far outweigh the trivial considerations of Israeli and American electoral cuisine. Because what right can Washington take advantage of, after the precedents of Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan, to attribute to a obligee sovereignty over a territory which is not its own? None, if not that authorized by the power and behavior worthy of a rogue state illustrated, in another register, in 2014, by the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

"I press the button"

This primacy of force, this consecration of the fait accompli, is assumed in all candor by a president indifferent to norms and values, mad follower of transgression by definition considered as virtuous.

At a meeting in the White House of the Trump digital galaxy in July 2019, the President of the United States had already commented with delight at the audience that the message published on his Twitter account in which he recognized the Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, conquered in 1967. "I press the button, and in two seconds: 'Breaking news'", he said, mimicking the reaction of American news channels.

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This limitless enjoyment of the powers of the world's leading military power is free from constraint. Nor that of international law, of course, buried in two sentences in the document published Tuesday by the White House. Nor the one that alliances can lead to. Once again in the Middle East, the European allies are taken aback, written off.

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This posture assures the President of the United States of grandstand successes in his meetings when he repeats that he dares everything that his predecessors gave up trying to accomplish. Donald Trump is all the more justified in persevering as these ways meet with no resistance from his partners, if we judge by the very weak reaction of the European Union, torn between his convictions and the manifest obsession of reactions of '' a president who does not shrink from any excess.

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