As a master negotiator, Trump understands that, unlike the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as structured by Oslo was never resolvable bilaterally because the PA had neither the desire nor the ability to resolve it.
85% of Iranians feel estranged from the regime, leaving it hollow and vulnerable. If this round of protests is quashed, as happened in 2009, the regime’s overthrow will be further delayed. But the counter-revolution is inevitable.
Obama jabbered endlessly about American leadership while simultaneously “leading from behind.” Trump actually pursues US leadership while simultaneously claiming the isolationist mantle of “America first.”
Cracks are beginning to show as enraged demonstrators beat at the Islamic Republic’s foundations. Iran is a repressive regime that sacrificed its legitimacy long before its citizens took to the streets in revolt.
Now, people in Iran are demanding not just limited reforms but regime change. The government has been doing all it can to stoke the flames of hatred, but has been trying to deflect it to "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".
Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital provoked dire warnings of imminent uproar--which never happened because the Islamic world is too mired in its own domestic problems to mobilize over Jerusalem.
West argued that BDS would encourage Israel to make peace with the Palestinians. I replied Israel would never be blackmailed into compromising its security, and that the Palestinians are disincentivized into making compromises by the fantasy that they will get a state through economic and cultural extortion.
Using the term “occupied territories” or “West Bank" (favored by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman) is part of a high-stakes battle to determine the outcome of the debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
I’m proud of Anbassador Friedman’s foresight on this issue. I hope that Pres.Trump sides with him and recognizes that the State Department’s adoption of the Palestinian narrative has only aggravated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The UN has always been a foolish fantasy, a League of Nations knockoff that's been about as productive and twice as irritating. There's no reason for the US us to continue cutting checks to prop it up,