The Peace Initiative in the Middle East


Middle Peace Accords between UAE, Bahrain, and Israel


The peace accords signed today are historic and the ceremony was fun to watch.  Two major take-aways for me were the length of time dedicated to the task and the changes he made to the American diplomatic role.  President Trump had the conference with 50 islamic nations in Saudi Arabia in May 2017.  It was there that he laid out the basis for a new future prosperity for all the attendees.  Since then, he freed the US from dependence on Middle Eastern oil, taking away any threat that oil could be used to influence American policy.  He elevated the position of Isreal by moving the embassy to Jerusalem and strenthened Israel's bargaining power by returning their control over decisions about the future of the West Bank and the Golan Heights.  This approach removed the previous State Department's say over what Israel was allowed to do and removed the "peace veto" of the Palestinians. His team, then, was in a position to facilitate the discussions between the parties in the region to find ways achieve economic benefits for themselves.

President Trump has repeatedly made strategic moves to advance his foreign and domestic policies, while the press, the opposition, and some of his own administration, like Secretary of State Tillerson, fail to grasp the significance.  The underlying theme seems to me to bring parties to work together on improving the welfare of their constituents/citizens.




Shifting Sands in The Middle East


Trump's policies in the Middle East are coming to fruition.  This video provides an overview.