If you didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election because she was supposedly corrupt/a war monger/anti-marijuana/”just as bad” as Trump etc, etc. take a moment to absorb what the Trump administration is about to do to the Middle East. From the New York Times:
President Trump told Israeli and Arab leaders on Tuesday that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a symbolically fraught move that would upend decades of American policy and upset efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Mr. Trump is expected to announce his decision on Wednesday, two days after the expiration of a deadline for him to decide whether to keep the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Palestinian officials said Mr. Trump told the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, that the United States would move the embassy to Jerusalem. Jordan said the president gave a similar message to King Abdullah II.
The international community refuses to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem for good reason. It only acknowledges its legitimacy in West Jerusalem given East Jerusalem was captured by Israel during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967. The city remains a focal point for peace negotiations, and by breaking with the international consensus it makes further peace efforts almost impossible. It is a catastrophic move that will have far reaching implications for the region, and will turn the entire Middle East against the United States almost immediately.
The international community is of course up in arms about Trump’s decision to needlessly inflame the region as it makes everyone else’s efforts to broker a peace deal that much more difficult. But then the Trump administration has shown no willingness to work with the international community on anything that makes humanity’s future more positive or more sustainable, so this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. However, the speed with which the Trump administration is taking a wrecking ball to everything around it is truly alarming, and while much of America and the rest of the world can withstand some of the dramatic changes, the Middle East is already a tinderbox that can (and has) explode at any moment.
There is now way to sugarcoat just how bad this is, and without monumental shift in the political landscape in 2018, things are going to get much, much worse.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.