RELOCATING U.S. EMBASSY IN ISRAEL WILL HURT AMERICAN, ISRAELI INTERESTS
Media Outlet : Daily Sabah
Date of Publication : 07.12.2017
Writer : Burhanettin Duran
Detail : Original Text

According to media reports, U.S. President Donald Trump intends to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Meanwhile, a special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections could focus on the Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with his son Donald Trump Jr., following a guilty plea from former national security adviser Michael Flynn. To make matters worse, President Trump himself could potentially end up in trouble due to his May 2017 decision to dismiss former FBI Director James Comey.

At the same time, experts warn that the United States is "very close" to going to war with North Korea. And the debate on the legal status of Jerusalem, an ancient problem in the Middle East, is being revived yet again. Perhaps President Trump assumes that delivering a campaign promise could win over the Israel lobby and make things easier for him in Congress. However, this controversial decision will actually place U.S. and Israeli interests at risk.

Israel has benefited more than any other country from the chaos that spread across the Middle East since the Arab Spring. Civil wars in Syria and Iraq, coupled with a military coup in Egypt and attacks against Turkey, have made things easier for Tel Aviv in recent years: The two-state solution has been shelved and the Arab-Israeli conflict has been forgotten, as all eyes were turned to problems among Arabs and Iran's Shiite expansionism. At this point, Tel Aviv faces zero pressure from the international community about Palestine. Meanwhile, Donald Trump's election victory and Israel's relationship with Jared Kushner created an environment in Washington, in which Tel Aviv could maximize its interests.

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