Donald J. Trump well just might have doomed any immediate prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The president of the United States apparently is about to make good on his pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
This is an extremely big deal, dear reader. Here’s why.
Palestinians contend that Jerusalem belongs to them. So does Israel. Trump has aligned with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
I want to stipulate that I happen to sympathize with Netanyahu’s hard line against the Palestinian terrorists who keep lobbing bombs at Israeli neighborhoods. The so-called “two-state solution,” which involves the creation of an independent Palestinian state, remains a distant dream for peacemakers in the region.
The U.S. president’s decision to place the embassy in Jerusalem is likely to make that dream more distant than ever.
And for what reason? Because his pal Bibi Netanyahu wants him to do it.
It’s unclear to me why the president would choose to provoke the Palestinians with this ostensibly simple gesture. Trump is likely to find out — maybe in short order — how seemingly simple actions can provoke intensely complicated responses.