Trump im Nahen Osten

trumpTrump does seem to have sympathy for Israel’s position vis-a-vis the Palestinians. He has expressed his intention to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and he purportedly agrees with Israel’s position that settlements are not an obstacle to peace.

But Trump is unpredictable. He has said, for instance, that he intends to be ‚neutral‘ with regard to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. But in a speech before AIPAC he said, ‚When I become president, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one.‘

He has also flip-flopped on issues such as the use of torture, abortion and immigration. How he will act toward Israel in the event of renewed negotiations is therefore unknown.

Admittedly, it will be difficult for Trump to remain out of the Middle East altogether. The region has a way of imposing itself on US presidents by presenting challenges such the proliferation of weapons and terrorism. Trouble that originates from the Middle East has a tendency to spread.“ (Editorial der Jerusalem Post: „Trump in the Middle East“)

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