Trump’s Golan decision and the narrative of ‘resistance’ in the Middle East

    In a televised speech broadcast on Tuesday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights as “a crucial turning point in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict,” one that “deals a knockout punch” to the prospects for peace in the region.

    Nasrallah further added that the move proves that “resistance, resistance and resistance” is the only way to recover lands occupied by Israel and keep the Jewish state in check. The US move undoubtedly plays into the hands of those who wish to tell a narrative of Arab states’ heroic resistance against Israeli aggression. However, history tells us a different story.

    Since the devastating loss in the Six Day War of 1967 – which led to the occupation that has continued until today – Arab states have effectively done nothing to change the situation on the ground. In fact, 1967 arguably marks a turning point in modern Arab political history which witnessed a slow but certain shift away from what was, up until that point, the overriding political priority of the young Arab states: namely, the defeat of Israel.

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