Does President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel accomplish any policy goals besides fulfilling a campaign promise?
According to an opinion piece published in The Economist this week, the answer is no.
On one hand, the column points to the fact that this decision implicitly admits American failure in brokering the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. In doing so, this choice delegitimizes continued peace talks.
Even further, the column explains that the decision runs counter to the American goal of suppressing Iranian influence in the Middle East by stoking tensions between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Though any sort of official alliance is likely out of the question, a relative calm between the actors could help strengthen a united push against Iran. This decision brings the exact opposite of that necessary calm.
The column asserts that Trump has meddled against American interests merely to fulfill his campaign promise.
Finally, it concludes, if Trump had to do something, he should have done something really radical: recognizing two embassies – one for the Israelis and one for the Palestinians – in Jerusalem.
To read the full take, click here: The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is reckless