The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by President Trump was a political decision, not a foreign policy decision. It was about President Trump and his supporters, and not about moving the peace process forward.
President Trump announced a radical departure in U.S. Middle East policy by declaring the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem makes the U.S. much less likely to be trusted as an honest broker.
By accepting that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Trump torpedoes the potential role of the U.S. as a neutral broker in the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.
The recent Hamas-Fatah reconciliation may reflect shifting dynamics in negotiations on Gaza, both regionally and internationally.
Elliott Abrams addresses the nuclear deal with Iran and how the Iranian-Israeli rivalry might impact the Middle East.
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Marwan Muasher talks about a new Carnegie report describing shifting Palestinian attitudes towards peace talks.
A younger generation of Palestinians is no longer committed to a two-state solution.
India’s traditionally neutral position in the Middle East has ended with the landmark Israel visit. The future balancing of India’s westward pivot will be determined by a new regional order led assertively be Saudi Arabia, and one which sees Iran as enemy number one.