President Trump’sthat the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of relocating the U.S. embassy to the holy city was met with immediate backlash from the Arab world and large swaths of the international community.
“This is one of the most reckless, irresponsible moves in recent history. While he’s talking about peace, he is destroying the chances of peace,” Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian legislator and activist, said on CBSN.
Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders, and the risk of anti-American protests and violence, Mr. Trump declared it was time for a new approach to Mideast peace after decades of failure. Calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital, he argued, was merely recognizing the obvious.
“We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past,” the president said.
Muslims across the Middle East warned of disastrous consequences as a result of Mr. Trump’s move, but in a region more divided than ever, many ask what leaders can do beyond the vehement rhetoric. Arab powerhouses are mired in their own internal troubles, their populations tired of wars, and the days when Arab leaders could challenge the United States in a meaningful way are long gone.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation was “profoundly grateful” and that Mr. Trump’s announcement was an “important step toward peace.”