Opinion America Is No Israeli-Palestinian Peace Broker After Trump's Jerusalem Move

23:50  06 december  2017
23:50  06 december  2017 Source:   usnews.com

Haley insists US move on Jerusalem will 'move the ball forward'

  Haley insists US move on Jerusalem will 'move the ball forward' President Donald Trump's administration insisted on Sunday that its recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will help the cause of peace, with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley saying it will "move the ball forward."The new US stance, fiercely criticized by Palestinians, Arab leaders and others as gravely damaging any prospects for Middle East peace, has given rise to swelling protests across the region in recent days.

Peace Broker No More. Trump ' s Jerusalem declaration ends America 's role as a fair negotiator in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. President Donald Trump started his presidency with an ambitious agenda, one that included, among other things, bringing about an Israeli - Palestinian peace accord

President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced a plan to move the U. S . Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and most of the world considers it occupied territory.

An ultra Orthodox Jewish man rides a bicycle as US and Israeli flags are projected onto the walls of Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.: America is no longer a peace broker. © (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) America is no longer a peace broker.

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President Donald Trump started his presidency with an ambitious agenda, one that included, among other things, bringing about an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord – a goal that has eluded for decades the world's most dedicated and experienced negotiators.

While the odds for success were not great to start with, it is fair to say that both Israelis and Palestinians (as well as many others in the region and around the world) were hoping that Trump, with his personal and national clout (real and imagined) would be able to inject a new energy into the process, enough to heave the parties over the significant barriers to any progress: borders, security, refugees and, of course, the status of Jerusalem, which has been left unresolved, and hotly contested, since the U.N.'s historic division resolution of 1947, a resolution that brought about the founding of the state of Israel.

Netanyahu sees EU backing Jerusalem move

  Netanyahu sees EU backing Jerusalem move Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital.He is in Brussels for talks - the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the city in more than 20 years.

Israel called Mr Trump ' s move "historic" but there has been sharp international criticism. Mr Trump said the US still supported a two-state solution to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Mr Trump ' s announcement "deplorable", saying the US could no longer be a peace broker .

Trump calls Jerusalem Israel 's capital 03:31. Story highlights. Trump made the announcement " After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between But Trump ' s move on Wednesday signaled a willingness to prioritize the fulfillment of another Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Trump ' s decision "disqualified the United States of America

But with Trump declaration Wednesday regarding the status of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, it is reasonable to assume that America's role as a peace broker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has come to an end.

To understand the playing field in this conflict, here are several conditions that must be fulfilled if we want to entertain any hope for progress in conflict resolution efforts involving Arabs/Muslims:

  1. The third-party intervener must be seen as impartial (so both sides will agree to the process), and powerful (enough to drag the parties across areas of stuckness).
  2. Even if there is a pretense of direct negotiations between the disputants, in reality, most, if not all meaningful negotiations will actually take place through the auspices of the third-party mediator/arbitrator.
  3. One side in the conflict must assume the role of the perpetrator, while the other side assumes the role of the victim. There are no "no-fault" reconciliation processes in Muslim/Arab conflict resolution traditions.

If and when these preliminary conditions hold, there is no guarantee for a successful outcome, but absent fulfillment of these conditions, it is virtually certain that negotiations will not progress beyond certain steam-releasing rituals.

Muslim states warn US against moving embassy to Jerusalem

  Muslim states warn US against moving embassy to Jerusalem An umbrella organization of Muslim countries said Monday that President Donald Trump's possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would constitute "naked aggression" against the Arab and Muslim world, as the ruling Palestinian party has called for mass protests against such a move by Washington.The Organization for Islamic Cooperation issued a statement condemning an anticipated announcement by the president, saying its 57 member states should sever ties with any state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem or recognizes Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, but the international community doesn

Trump ’ s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital shows the US is part of the Middle East US pretense of ‘honest broker ’ finally ends. Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively Thus spoke Trump this week in announcing US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel . For Israeli hardliners, there is no peace process – despite lip service. There is only a process of

Donald Trump has defied overwhelming global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel , but insisted that the highly controversial move would not derail “ After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians .

Since virtually none of these conditions existed to begin with, and certainly will not exist after Trumps' Jerusalem declaration, the odds for success, or even for modest progress on the Israeli-Palestinian peace front, under American leadership are virtually nil.

Arguing about history or "historical facts," in this and many other conflict contexts, is a waste of time; both sides have a rock-solid grasp on what they see as the total truthfulness of their own narrative, and their opinions and perceptions are unlikely to change even slightly during or because of the negotiations process. Indeed, the role of the third-party intervener in such rituals is to create a third narrative (a third "history" if you will) that will allow both sides to feel that their narrative leads the pack, while allowing the other's narrative to exist in the same atmosphere at somewhat of an eye-level position.

Israeli undercover unit breaks up Palestinian protest

  Israeli undercover unit breaks up Palestinian protest An Israeli undercover unit infiltrated a Palestinian protest on the outskirts of Ramallah on Wednesday before dispersing it by firing into the air. AFP journalists witnessed the operation during the protest by around 100 to 150 Palestinians, including some who threw stones at Israeli soldiers, near a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.The operation saw a few dozen soldiers move from farther down the street towards the crowd.Suddenly, several men wearing keffiyehs or balaclavas, including one with a Palestinian flag wrapped around his head, pulled out pistols.

Trump called Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Tuesday ahead of the announcement. The Palestinian Authority said Trump told President Mahmoud Abbas that he would move the embassy, and that Abbas warned him the decision could derail the Middle East peace process.

Peace with Israel is not possible if the status of Jerusalem is off the agenda, a top Palestinian official has said, rejecting Donald Trump ’ s claim that the US “The holy city is in the hearts of each and every Palestinian , Arab, Christian and Muslim, and there will be no peace without East Jerusalem being

I'm sure that in the process of discussing this new policy twist, someone, somewhere, has mentioned that a possible outcome will be the end of America's role as a peace broker in this conflict; certainly, there was no shortage of Arab commentators who said as much in the past few days. The end result testifies to the failure of these narratives to make a convincing argument. I seriously question how many policy advisers in the White House know the above facts about Muslim/Arab conflict resolution, although I'm not certain at all that knowing the facts would have caused them to change their minds or actions.

So while we're in a predictions-making mood, here's another one: living with a sense of hopeless intractability, the state in which most Palestinians have existed for a long time, is bad enough, for them, for Israelis, and for the world; but it is much less dangerous than the sense of utter disillusionment and abandonment many Palestinians and others in the region will feel following Trump's declaration. Consequently, it will be realistic to expect some forms of violent reactions, doubtlessly resulting in spilled blood, further fury and nothing remotely resembling progress towards peace.

Now, that's nothing new in the region, and while it will pain and sadden a lot of people, it will not surprise them – certainly not as much as being able to witness actual progress taking place in Middle East peace efforts.

A great, if unsurprising, pity.

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Iran: Trump's Jerusalem move will hasten Israel's destruction .
Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will hasten the country's destruction, Iran's defense minister said on Monday, while a top Revolutionary Guards commander phoned two Palestinian armed groups and pledged support for them. Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced last week's announcement by the U.S. president, including a plan to move the U.S. embassy to the city.The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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