By Azer Ahmadbayli – Trend:
The shift of tectonic (geopolitical) plates in the Middle East has taken place. Decisions made in offices of several world powers and aimed at structural changes in an important and troubled region of the world begin to show its shape.
By RICH LOWRY, Politico
The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar.
By Orit ben Tzvi, Israel Rising
In an unhinged reaction to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday described Israel as a “state of occupation” which used “terror” against the Palestinians.
Editorial, Japan Times
U.S. President Donald Trump announced last week that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The move, long sought by Israelis, prompted celebrations in their country and among their supporters in the United States. Palestinians and their backers were dismayed, while the rest of the world anticipated violence. While Trump’s decision is a symbolic victory for Israelis, that does not make it a wise move, tactically or strategically.
President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is seen as ending the US role as mediator between Israelis and Palestinians. Now may be the time for another power to be a third-party facilitator that can bring fresh thinking to both sides.
By Christian Science Monitor's Editorial Board
By Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
President Trump inherited a Middle East convulsed by crisis and civil war with two fragile exceptions: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program, both of which were quiescent.
What to make of the remarks by US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley at a special session of the UN Security Council, where 14 council members criticized the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, that she could assure her “Palestinian brothers and sisters … with complete confidence that the United States is deeply committed to achieving a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” because, she said, “the United States has credibility with both sides.”
BY DR. MUSTAFA BARGHOUTHI, THE HILL
I was born in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1954 long before Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967. The city, for all its travails and painful history, holds a special place in my heart.
Naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel triggered protests and four people died. But the anger, and response, was more contained than feared.
By ARIANA FERENTINOU, Hurriyet Daily News
“So, why did we invite him?” asked the young Greek journalist taking part in a TV panel, just after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had left Athens to visit the Muslims minority in the city of Komotini (Gümülcine) on Dec. 8.