For decades, Israel has tried to convince the rest of the world that its intentions are peaceful. For decades, Israel has argued that it follows the rule of law. For decades, Israel has fought against the perception that many have that it is a pariah state. Now, all that is in the past. There is no pretense.
Israel by formally legalizing the illegal Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land has claimed an indelible mark in the history of ethnic cleansing. Racist Israelis, no doubt energized by the racist U.S. President Elect, Donald Trump, will want to think carefully before booking any holidays abroad. Outside of the United States, Israel has no friends.
Furthermore, this mindless aggression against the native Arabs will surely have consequences. Bin Laden named Israeli ethnic cleansing as one of his three motives for financing 9/11, and in his 2002 “letter to America” he stated, “The expansion of Israel is one of the greatest crimes, and you are the leaders of its criminals [Bush]”. If Israel doubles down on its racist agenda, the United States should expect additional terrorism as the price for supporting such racial injustice.