Trump's strategy for stabilizing the Middle East to be put to test


It is likely that Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump, will serve as a mediator for the talks to draw up a peace plan. "The only way to end the conflict and the fight against terror in the region and the entire world is a solution of two states based on the 1967 borders, Palestine alongside Israel".

By emphasizing the importance of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement first, Trump continues to backtrack on campaign promises he made to Israel, as the complex realities of the Middle East are becoming increasingly apparent after his assuming the presidency.

To be sure, however, there were many photo ops. An American president is the leader of a country with a constitution that promotes freedom of religion and favors none above the other. Peace can not be achieved in the Middle East by backing autocrats. This, however, does not suggest that the United States has a magic wand and can simply wave it and change overnight the dynamics of the multiple conflicts sweeping and consuming the region. "This depends on how much Trump is determined - right now it looks like he means business", he said.

Obama inherited a decades-old USA policy of supporting autocratic regimes - like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and several other Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf - in exchange for political stability, security cooperation and access to oil. As a dealmaker, Mr Trump's has set his sights on what he calls "the ultimate deal" - peace between Israel and the Palestinians in this the centenary year of the Balfour Declaration.

The announcement comes just days after Netanyahu personally greeted US President Donald Trump on his first visit to Israel. But he never uttered the words "two-state solution", the longtime US policy plan that would create a separate homeland for Palestinians.

Schachtel also pointed out that Tillerson refused to tell reporters that the Western Wall is the property of Israel, saying only that it is located in Jerusalem. But once he listened to the Israelis and Palestinians, he stated that "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all". By not mentioning the need for an independent Palestinian state in any of his public addresses, nor criticizing Israeli settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories, Trump endeared himself to the Israeli right.

It flies in the face of all known facts to link the wave of terrorist atrocities since 9/11 on the Shia, who have most usually been its target.

"The Saudis showered Trump's inexperienced negotiators with attention, arms deals and donations to a World Bank fund that Ivanka Trump is championing", he said.

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In true realist form, Trump's speech was created to speak directly to the leaders of these countries.

The White House had hoped to use Mr Trump's trip as a moment to reset.

European leaders have been pressuring Mr Trump to stay in the accord during their meetings with him this week, arguing that America's leadership on climate is crucial. If no one - not even the United States - can articulate to Arabs and Muslims at large what an alternative to the Islamism and extremism they confront might be or should reflect, then what choice do they have?

Trump and Prince Mohammed may be very different in some respects, but they both know very well that fighting foreign enemies helps them to win support within their countries.

It is true that Tehran is deliberately destabilising the region by its support of terrorist organisations and by meddling in the Arabs' domestic affairs (Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen) to serve its hegemonic ambition. "It will not lead to serious changes in the Syrian peace process".

Mr Trump tweeted that he would make a final decision next week on whether to withdraw from the pact. He added that, while "America is prepared to stand with you - in pursuit of shared interests and common security.the nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them".

In urging the Iranian regime to become "a partner for peace", President Trump would have had no more powerful argument than the results of that election. It will be interesting to see in 2025 if we will have worked together to succeed.