Jan 16,2017 – JORDAN TIMES – JAMES ZOGBY
In just a matter of days, President-elect Donald Trump will have to decide whether to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
As we approach inauguration day, liberal and conservative commentators alike offer a number of ideas on how he can proceed.
Ranging from “too cute by half” to just plain dumb, they should all be rejected.
More to the point, all the proposals I have seen focus exclusively on Israeli concerns, ignoring or giving short shrift to Palestinian and broader Arab or Muslim concerns and sensitivities.
On the one side, there are proposals from hardliners who advise Trump to just go ahead and make the move.
They argue that in fulfilling his campaign promise, he will appease his base and gain international respect for being a strong and decisive leader.
They dismiss Palestinian, other Arab and Muslim opinions, relying on the false assumption that there is diminished concern across the Arab world for the Palestinian issue or making the racist case that Arabs respect strength and will ultimately become reconciled to a US move.