How to Send the Wrong Message to Palestinians

US President Donald J. Trump’s waiver delaying the relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem accomplishes two things.

First, it disappoints many Israelis for failing to fulfill his pre-election promise. Second, and perhaps more importantly, it has sent precisely the wrong message to the Palestinians. What the Palestinians and other Arabs heard in this message is that the US president folds under pressure and threats. This message of weakness and retreat harms not only Trump’s credibility, but also that of the US by making it appear a country that caves under threats of violence.

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  • Alain

    Putting aside the politics for me a man is only as good as his word. Were this the only time that Trump did not honour his word, one could perhaps make an exception. However it isn’t, and I hope that Trump does not continue along this path, which is the path of career politicians.