President-elect Donald Trump’s adviser on Israel-Palestine recently stated, “Mr. Trump does not view the settlements as being an obstacle to peace.” This violates established U.S. policy in place since President Carter. The Israeli right wing is celebrating what they believe will be an opportunity to annex the whole West Bank, solidifying their Apartheid state in Palestine.
But President Barack Obama is deliberating on the possibility of taking action to safeguard peace and international law. He knows that settlements are a war crime, and that thousands of Palestinian families are made homeless by Israel’s policy of destroying their homes and kicking them off of their land. If President Obama acts bravely and with principle, he can ensure that his legacy on this issue is that of a transformative, instead of apprehensive, leader.