Trump crisis shouldn’t mask new opportunities for Mideast peace - Commentary

Trump crisis shouldn’t mask new opportunities for Mideast peace

BEN COHEN | | Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:52 am

By any standards, last week was an extraordinary one for U.S.-Israel relations – and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Israel for his official visit.

It began with what sounded like a brawl between American and Israeli officials laying the groundwork for Trump’s May 22-23 visit. Irritated by an Israeli request that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany Trump on his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem – an image that would send the unmistakable signal that the new U.S. administration regards a united Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital – David Berns, a political counselor at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, reportedly responded that the Jewish holy site is in fact “part of the West Bank.”

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