US can no longer be trusted as a peace broker

Confidence in the US president is at an all-time low in the region.

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Published: Wed 13 Dec 2017, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 13 Dec 2017, 8:49 PM

The United States cannot make peace in the Middle East however hard it tries during this winter of discontent. Its diminishing presence in the region is a testament to its failures - starting with Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. It lacks heart and commitment for justice and the rule of law. Peace has become a chimera that is subject to more disagreements. Patience with Washington is fading and anger is running high on the streets. In fact, the word broker has been tarnished by President Donald Trump's remarkable ability to break deals on a whim with scarce understanding of a complicated problem in Palestine and a two-state solution with Israel, an occupying power that is making state sanctioned land-grabbing and construction of new homes for the Jews a national pastime. Confidence in the US president is at an all-time low in the region and the Palestinian leadership led by its President Mahmoud Abbas has come to a conclusion that the White House cannot be trusted.
Trump is a builder himself, having made a name as real estate developer before becoming president, so he may be thinking the real estate business in Palestine is booming and has great potential. Who knows, he may be eyeing some deals in the real estate space. That's the real deal for Trump; lives don't matter. For him, making peace in Palestine involves his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a Jewish businessman whose bias is for all to see. How can he be expected to impart impartiality to any discussion with the Palestinians, who are struggling to rebuild their lives? The choice of this emissary is wrong, so is the message that is being delivered to the people in the region with the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The president has failed to grasp the gravity of the situation. He should realise that this is not a family dispute but a full-blown crisis. Washington is not needed for peace. What next? An Arab solution is an option. But will it be acceptable to Israel, the occupier? Russia cannot be expected to play broker after its dishonest role in Syria. The stalemate continues.

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