Trump started off his campaign signaling he would be “neutral” on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but he has shifted considerably in recent weeks toward the views of the staunchest Zionists. This has included tapping a man considered to be to the right of conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as U.S. ambassador to Israel, choosing another pro-settlement Republican as his international business adviser, welcoming the heretofore marginalized Israeli ambassador into the bosom of his inner circle in Washington, and, just recently, appointing his son-in-law, who is reportedly behind bringing all these players into the fold, as a senior adviser.
The fundamental reality here is that the government of Israel has never seen a two-state solution satisfactory to either its territorial, or geopolitical, ambitions.
So what we are seeing now is a brisk Israeli expropriation of lands in the East Bank and West Jerusalem, and the way these settlements have been placed has made it impossible for there to be a contiguous Palestinian state.
The proposal of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will inflame tensions immeasurably, and demonstrate to all the other countries in the region, that the US government cannot ever be considered an « honest broker » of peace in the region again.
I would like to sincerely hope that this is not President Trump’s intention.
But it appears that Netanyahu is counting on this move, as evidenced by this story in haaretz.com: