As Jerusalem Embassy Opens, Is Trump Fixing Middle East Too?
Whatever uproar may or may not be occurring from and at Monday's opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, that change of venue -- promised by several presidents of both parties and mandated by Congress in 1995 but accomplished only by Donald Trump -- constitutes an extraordinary development in the seemingly endless history of the Middle East. And the suspicion here is that, after not too long, it will be seen as a hugely positive one.
We may even -- mirabile dictu and even though many indications point to the contrary -- be gradually entering a period of relative calm in that most contentious of all world neighborhoods.
This isn't happening because of Trump alone, obviously. Numerous forces are at work. But the man, possibly because of his lack of foreign policy experience and preconceptions, has a unique knack for seizing the moment and moving forward as he is doing in Korea. He allows his gut to prevail over the advice of a legion of experts.
The era of these experts may now be over -- or at least seriously diminished. So-called experts, especially in the area of Middle East politics, have proven to be singularly useless, almost always bogged down in decades-old approaches like the Oslo Accords.
That 1993 agreement contributed little to Israeli-Palestinian peace other than occasionally giving Palestinian leadership cover under which to pretend they actually wanted a two-state solution. Their actions, not to mention polling of their constituents, almost always indicated the opposite.
Pushing Israel into the Mediterranean remains the enduring dream of both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Only the styles differ -- and not by much.
Now, on Israel's 70th birthday, Hamas is throwing a massive tantrum on the Jewish nation's southern border. It's easy to see why. Trump has pulled out of the Iran Deal, putting the financial screws on Hamas' biggest supporter. What else but riot can the terror organization do? They might have to improve their own lives.