President Trump’s decision to accept all of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy into the city will cause untold damage to regional peace as well as the country itself, infers Tony Burman of the Toronto Star. This move signals that Trump has essentially abandoned the idea of a two-state solution, which will only be possible through diplomacy and mutual concessions. Insulting Palestinians like this has enraged the whole region, caused violent protests and makes peace seem more like a pipe dream. Continuing their oppression hurts the possibility of the Jewish state ever living in peace with its neighbors.
President Trump calling Jerusalem what it is, Israel’s capital, is the right move following decades of poor Western policies in the region, suggests Jonah Goldberg of National Review. The Middle East is a volatile and messy region. Diplomats and more recently Obama have tried to create a road towards peace that was often very flawed. Israel is the West’s closest ally. Alliance with it is the foundation on which any potential peace can be built. Obama lifted up Iran, hoping that it would lay down its arms. That didn’t happen and risks throwing the region into even bigger turmoil. Working with Israel, not against it, is the best path to stability.