Will Trump disrupt the peace in the Middle East?

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Will Trump disrupt the peace in the Middle East?

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With by far one of the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his presidency, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also stated that he will move the US embassy there instead of where it was before in Tel Aviv. By doing so, Trump threatened the peace in the region and broke a longtime US policy.

On Tuesday, Trump made a series of calls to leaders in the Middle East following his announcement who warned against the dangerous consequences of his decision including Egypt’s president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

“Such a dangerous step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque.” Said King Salman (The Guardian)

Senior Trump administration officials said that Trump was reflecting a fundamental truth, which is that Jerusalem is the seat of the Israeli government and should be recognized as such.

Is moving the US embassy to Jerusalem a wise decision? Or will this move turn deadly?

With the fact that no other country has its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem and Washington’s Middle East allies all warned against the dangerous repercussions of Trump’s decision, it is clear that tension is rising in the Middle East.

As an Egyptian Muslim, I believe that Trump is provoking the Muslim and Arab community by announcing that America recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This may lead to violence and escalate regional tensions as it worsens the Palestinian conflict. In my opinion, Trump’s action only degrades America’s credibility as a mediator between Palestine and Israel. Even the Egyptian students in The American University in Cairo (AUC) already started protesting against his decision.

 

 

Source 1: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/06/trump-recognise-jerusalem-israel-capital-move-us-embassy-white-house

Source 2: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-israel/in-break-with-decades-of-u-s-policy-trump-to-recognize-jerusalem-as-israels-capital-idUSKBN1DZ04V?il=0