What the Closure of the US Consulate in East Jerusalem Means

Street sign in Jerusalem (John Theodor via Shutterstock)

by James J. Zogby This month’s prize for dangerous moves and disingenuous press releases goes to the State Department for its October 18, 2018 notice, headlined “On the Merging of US Embassy Jerusalem and US Consulate General Jerusalem.” The release… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Colonial Palestinian Policy Is Doomed to Failure

Jared Kushner and David Friedman (Wikimedia Commons)

by Emile Nakhleh Last week, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration is eliminating previously approved funds to support Palestinian-Israeli civilian engagement. USAID has wisely given these funds to nongovernmental organizations to promote understanding between the two peoples… Continue Reading  

Trump Can Kill Oslo, But Not Palestinian National Aspirations

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu (Shealah D. Craighead)

by James J. Zogby In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken a series of drastic punitive actions against the Palestinian people. Some analysts have accepted the official White House explanation that many of the actions were done either out… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Endgame in Palestine

A march in Bilin after the funeral of a Palestinian woman who died during a demonstration (dominika zarzycka via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Last Friday, the State Department announced it would end all funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency that provides many essential services for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan,… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Bumbling Middle East Dance

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

by Mitchell Plitnick Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump wanted to change US policy toward both Israel-Palestine and Iran. When Obama arrived in the Oval Office, he brought an ambitious foreign policy plan with him. He wanted to diminish the… Continue Reading