Dr. Sherif A. Elgebeily, CSIPS Director
Since assuming office in January 2017, US President Donald Trump made strong indications of a sea change in US foreign policy towards key Middle East ally Israel: an intention to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; the nomination of David Friedman – openly pro-Israeli settlement – as ambassador to Israel, against the advice of five former US ambassadors to Israel; and the appointment of neophyte businessman-turned-diplomat Jared Kushner as Middle East Peace envoy, despite the inherent conflict of interest entailed in family donations to the Bet El settlement. Now, in the strongest signal yet of a complete departure from the official US stance since the Clinton era in the 1990s, Trump has publicly denounced US commitment to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.
This US administration’s position is not only dangerous and counter-productive for security…
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