Editor’s Note: Israeli journalist and author Gideon Levy wrote this essay exclusively for GV Wire.
The American embassy has moved to Jerusalem. The old embassy in Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv has changed the sign on the building and now it is called “The American Embassy Branch Office.” Israelis and Americans, from Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, have defined the moving of the embassy as a historical event.
Indeed, it was a historical day. This was the day that the last remains of the long-lasting masquerade were finally over, the United States of America had officially declared: We are not an even-handed broker. We are one-sided. We recognize only one people living in the historical Eretz Israel/Palestine, stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. We see only the Jews. We deny the existence of the Palestinians. They have no rights whatsoever on this piece of land. Mainly not in Jerusalem, one of the most divided cities in the world.
Masquerade is Over
Nothing is new in this declaration by the United States, because America has never been a fair mediator. From administration to administration, a bipartisan ongoing policy was always to support the occupation and do almost nothing to put an end to it. From administration to administration, the United States has conducted the longest peace process in history, which led to nowhere and did not have the intention to lead anywhere, except to pay a hollow lip-service to “peace,” “justice,” “freedom,” and “equal rights.”