In closing the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in D.C., President Trump has undermined America’s claim to being a neutral peace broker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, writes Aaron David Miller for USA Today. Trump has unconditionally sided with the Israeli government. Where careful mediation and diplomacy are needed, he has cut vital aid to Palestinians through various channels, including the UN and hospital funding. The only result will be further alienation and distrust, which makes Trump’s touted ‘ultimate’ peace deal a pipe dream. In the 25 years since the highly promising Oslo Accords, reconciliation has never been less likely.
Donald Trump’s decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in D.C. is correct, given the Palestinians’ refusal to engage in his peace process, holds Cheryl K. Chumley of The Washington Times. Israel is a key American ally and the president is rightly showing his support for the country. While many on the left and in the international community are upset, this approach is needed in the face of Palestinian stubbornness. Trump was right to cut aid, to prevent it from being used against American interests. Unlike previous administrations, he is intent on applying the needed pressure on Palestinians to force through a peace deal that would benefit all.