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We Can’t Predict Whether Trump Will Succeed in the Middle East, The Atlantic

Hussein Ibish writes, “ In diplomacy in general, as in medicine, the starting point must be to first do no harm. Nowhere is this truer than between the Israelis and the Palestinians. By paying close attention to the issue and injecting a novel and potentially fruitful regional approach into the mix, Trump may counterintuitively prove to be just the iconoclastic and innovative force that can shake up this moribund process and get it moving again, finally. Alternatively, this may be just another Trumpian boondoggle, a baseless and reckless gamble at everybody else’s expense. The problem is, under the current circumstances, no one can be sure which it is, because at this stage they’d both look pretty much like what we are currently seeing. Yes, in the Middle East, pessimists are usually proven right. But they never solve anything, and solutions are ultimately required.”

Don’t Be the One Who Says No to Trump, Haaretz

Dan Shapiro writes, “Trump’s next move should be to put the tough decisions before both sides soon.  Neither will want to get caught saying no to him, especially early in his term before the inevitable disappointments gradually lower the costs of them saying no. It is encouraging, therefore, that Trump’s envoy, Jason Greenblatt, returned to the region already yesterday to continue to press for progress….Trump needs to be prepared for well-practiced Israeli and Palestinian negotiating tactics of delay, of dragging the mediator in the details, and of preparing not for success but for failure and ensuring they are well-positioned for the blame game to follow. But he needs to make the costs of disappointing him high.”

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