Trump Is Overestimating Palestinians’ Desire For Peace

<em>Trump wants to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but the obstacles to peace that have bedeviled past U.S. presidents have not gone away.

President Trump’s direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv on Monday is thought to be the first of its kind. The two countries have no diplomatic relations, and the flight was meant as a kind of symbolic gesture, bridging the gap between Israel and the Arab world on the U.S. president’s first overseas trip.

But Trump appears to be interested in more than mere symbolism. Upon landing in Israel, he waded into the thicket of Israeli-Palestinian relations, declaring: “We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people.”