Interesting the Arab Spring inspired Palestinians to work toward leadership that worked together (something Israel had long worked to prevent). Then, divisions between activists along with leadership crackdowns ended that essential and necessary path forward. In its place came the questionable plan for a tent encampment in Israel.
I’m wondering if Trump’s plan is to succeed where previous Presidents failed. Carter tried but was denied a second term for trying. Reagan tried and Begin told him he wouldn’t even discuss the plan. Herbert Walker tried and many think that cost him a second term. Clinton kissed up all those years and spent his final day in office trying to parlay that to advantage at Taba. W even tried a little toward the end. Obama started off determined then Netanyahu made him an adversary Israel could refuse to deal with.
Perhaps Trump reasoned he would need political capital to move Israel to a deal both sides would find off-putting. After he moved the embassy he sought to have Palestinians understand he wasn’t determining sovereignty or borders in Jerusalem, that good things would go Palestinians way, perhaps even a Capital in East Jerusalem. It wasn’t surprising Trump would up the ante and refuse a subsidy when relations were cut. Its also not surprising Trump will have to keep kissing Netanyahu’s rear to protect his political leverage until his deal gets put on the table.
That Trump’s embassy move was a game changer because it destroyed “trust” indicates a lack of understanding. America is a system of competing interests where even teachers, farmers or kids can lose if they depend on trust. Israel doesn’t trust America, it takes from it using public relations, persuasions, and media manipulations.
In America, arson and throwing things cancel out peaceful demonstrators. Winning hearts and minds is not so complicated. A majority of Americans will get behind the concept of equal civil and human rights once placards replace stones.