What Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Means for Washington’s Middle East Policy

President Trump declared US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem’s status will remain disputed by nearly every other country in the world, party as it is to the stalled peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Muslim majority countries — including many U.S. allies — are expected to strongly condemn the designation. Continue reading →

Trump travel ban risks straining Mideast ties

Just two days after banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, U.S. President Donald Trump invited the Saudi monarch, whose kingdom includes Islam’s holiest sites, to fly to Washington. The Gulf states, which view Iran as their biggest regional rival, are unlikely to object to its inclusion in the travel ban. But any expansion of the visa restrictions to other countries could provoke a backlash. Continue reading →