Analysis & Commentary


7th December 2017 - Fortune

Jerusalem Is Already Israel’s Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

Jonathan Schanzer

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it’s all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends...

7th December 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Analysis: Can Kushner’s Peace Plan Recover From Trump’s Jerusalem Bombshell?

Jonathan Schanzer

Jared Kushner's speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict earlier this week had even skeptics wondering if the Trump administration might achieve the unachievable. And then Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

7th December 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Experts react to Trump’s Jerusalem decision: A diplomatic upgrade or end of the peace process?

Jonathan Schanzer

US President Donald Trump threw another political bombshell into the Middle East sphere on Wednesday, upending Washington’s longtime cautious position by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiating the move of the US embassy in the years to come.

6th December 2017 - Quoted by Louis Nelson - Politico Europe

Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital met with global condemnation

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. will officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of moving its embassy there from Tel Aviv, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, making good on a campaign promise that critics fear could shut the door on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and...

6th December 2017 - Quoted by Louis Nelson and Matthew Nussbaum - Politico

Trump says U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite global condemnation

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin taking steps to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, making good on a campaign promise that critics fear could shut the door on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and...

6th December 2017 - Citado por El Ojo Digital

Trump y el reconocimiento de Jerusalén como capital de Israel: implicancias

En su rol de candidato presidencial y al hablarle a un grupo de simpatizantes estadounidenses de la causa israelí, Donald Trump había prometido que, de ser elegido, 'mudaremos la embajada estadounidense a la capital eterna del pueblo judío, Jerusalén'.

6th December 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Trump, often polarizing, draws broad Jewish and Christian support on Jerusalem

Boris Zilberman

It’s not often that the American Jewish community is united on issues pertaining to President Donald Trump, or on any political topics for that matter. But Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his expression of the intent to move the U.S. embassy to that city...

6th December 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Tom Cotton: Iran threat made Trump’s Jerusalem decision easier

Jonathan Schanzer

A growing partnership between Israel and Arab leaders arrayed against the threat of Iran likely made it easier for President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to a leading Republican senator.

6th December 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Trump’s Jerusalem plan signals to Palestinians — the less you give up, the more you lose

Jonathan Schanzer

President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sends a stark message that Palestinians should abandon their all-or-nothing demands in peace talks and applies subtle pressure on the Jewish state to make concessions, analysts said Wednesday.

5th December 2017 - Quoted by Rhys Dubin and Robbie Gramer - Foreign Policy

Trump to Announce Recognition of Jerusalem

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump will fulfill a controversial campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instruct the State Department to prepare moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, despite sharp protests and warnings from allies around the world.

4th December 2017 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

What Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Could Mean for the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

As a presidential candidate speaking to American supporters of Israel, Donald Trump vowed that, if elected, “We will move the American Embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”

17th November 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Banks Close Accounts For Marxist-Leninist Party With Ties To Palestinian Terrorists

Benjamin Weinthal

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany announced on Thursday that the Deutsche Bank and the Postbank shut down all of the party's bank accounts in Germany.

12th November 2017 - Quoted by Cathy Burke - Newsmax

Trump’s Middle East Team: Goal Is to ‘Facilitate, Not Dictate, a Lasting Peace Agreement’

Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump and his advisers are developing “the ultimate deal” to end the intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict — one based on a two-state solution that’ll go beyond previous frameworks offered by the U.S. government, The New York Times reported.

12th November 2017 - Quoted by Reuters and The Jerusalem Post

Will Trump Bring Peace to the Middle East?

Grant Rumley

“Ultimately, both Netanyahu and Abbas just have this long, long history and they’ve played this game really well,” said Foundation for Defense of Democracies scholar Grant Rumley.

11th November 2017 - Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

Grant Rumley

President Trump and his advisers have begun developing their own concrete blueprint to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate...

10th November 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany Charges Palestinian With Murder of Christians Over Temple Mount Tensions

Benjamin Weinthal

The man carried out a lethal stabbing attack at a supermarket in Germany after Israel placed metal detectors at the entrance to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, blaming the country for inaction.

1st November 2017 - The Washington Times

The 100-year-old promise

Clifford D. May

On Nov. 2 it will be exactly one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration, the British Empire’s statement in support of the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then a backwater of the soon-to-be-defeated Ottoman Empire.

31st August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Greenblatt’s Gaza proposal leaves more questions than answers

Grant Rumley

Towards the end of Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt’s trip to the Middle East this week, he visited the Israeli-Gaza border with IDF Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. “It is clear that the Palestinian Authority must resume its role...

26th August 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Jared Kushner was in the Middle East. Did Trump’s A team bring a peace plan?

Jonathan Schanzer

Seven months into the Trump presidency, Israel and the Palestinians, along with other countries in the Middle East and experts on policy in the region, are still waiting for the US administration to describe its preferred framework for peace there.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Can the Trump Admin Prevent Another Gaza War?

Grant Rumley

Within a span of six years, Israel and Hamas have fought three bloody resulting in thousands of casualties. Gaza remains one of the most sensitive and explosive areas dividing Israelis and Palestinians. A senior Israeli military official noted in April that the severe electricity crisis...

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