There’s a whole lot happening in the news right now, from cabinet appointments to recounts, not to mention troubles abroad. Here at the Coalition news desk, though, we’re thinking about one very important topic that hasn’t gotten much attention so far: Israel and Palestine.
As a candidate, Donald Trump bragged that with his deal-making skills, he thought he could broker a peace accord between Israel and Palestine, the like of which hasn’t been on the table in decades.
Now, this was a campaign promise, so we don’t really know how he will pursue the issue as president. We are curious as to whether Mr. Trump will break with the decades of Republican views that Israel is the only rightful nation state in the region, seeking a two-state solution with Palestine, or whether he will continue his anti-Islamic mentality into helping Israel continue its encroaching settlements and military campaigns into the Palestinian Territory. In any case, we are pleased to see that Mr. Trump is at least not disregarding the issue entirely, as most of our politicians have made common practice over the second Obama term.
The most interesting part of this discussion for us is the fact that Mr. Trump seemed to suggest that it might actually be his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who would be the one to broker the peace accord.
You can see the remarks here: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/307246-trump-son-in-law-kushner-could-help-broker-israeli-palestinian-peace
We’ll be watching to see what happens, but it’s certain that next year will mark a new phase of US policy in the Middle East, with future President Trump focusing much less on interventionism, and more on helping other countries broker their own accords. We’re cautiously optimistic, but we’re curious to know your thoughts–chime in using the forum!