Why is Trump moving on Jerusalem now?
Video     Photos     Pakistan     World     Islam     Health     Crime     Islamic News     Business     Society     India     Travel     Middle East     Sport     sci/tech      Contact      RSS
Search

Sharifs assets worth Rs58m 18 years back, court told

Who will keep Asma’s flame burning?

Sunnis are assured of Imam Mahdi’s reappearance: Sunni cleric

Bahraini Regime Committed Some 1,000 Human Rights Abuses in 1 Month: Report

Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board dead, says airline

Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima (S.A)

The Story of Hazrat Fatima (sa), daughter of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)

US meddles in foreign nations elections for 'democracy': Ex CIA director

Zardari retracts statement calling Rao Anwar ‘brave kid’

PM sanctioned troop deployment to Saudi Arabia for ‘advisory purpose’

Shoaib Akhtar appointed PCB brand ambassador

‘Bajwa Doctrine’ working well against American blackmail

No militant camps exist on Pakistani soil: COAS

DRINKING HOT TEA CAN INCREASE RISK OF ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

Cannot wait to lift PSL trophy in Karachi: Sammy

Are Young People Abandoning Facebook or Not?

What’s behind Iranian President’s India visit?

Abbasi decides to abolish Gilgit-Baltistan Council

Why Asif Zardari defended Rao Anwar?

Zainab’s murderer sentenced to death by hanging on four counts

The View of Islam on the People and the Government

Senate summons defence minister over sending troops to Saudi Arabia

Abbasi gives go-ahead to PIA, PSM privatisation

US security services express fear of Pakistan’s nuclear program

Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

Why Shia-Sunni Unity Is Necessary & Important? Ayatollah Khamenei's Opinion

Farooq Sattar backs down; withdraws from selection of Senate candidates

PML-N instigated me to speak against army, offered Senate ticket in return: Ayesha Gulalai

Kuwaiti Emir hails Iran’s role in war on ISIS terror group

Supreme Court issues contempt notice to Rao Anwar

US, UK joint efforts to put Pakistan on terror watchlist

Florida school terrorist supports Trump, white supremacy, hates Muslims

Hasan Ali doubtful for initial PSL matches, Umaid Asif joins as cover

PRESS TV | Takfiri groups, a creation of West to divide Muslims: Iran president

Supporting terrorists, main objective of US-led coalition: Syria

Pak Army destroys Indian post targeting innocent civilians along LoC

Pakistan to station army contingent in Saudi Arabia: ISPR

Asma Jahangir and pseudo liberalism – by Peja Mistry

CJ directs Nawaz Sharif’s counsel to focus on trial

Sayyed Razi: Life and Work

What led to the fall of MQM-P

Language being used by judges is not appropriate: Nawaz

Wooing Iran: Jandullah declared as banned outfit by Pakistan

UK to send Royal Navy warship through disputed South China Sea in challenge to Beijing

NA-154 defeat: Did People reject PTI?

Is Pakistan Shia Democrats Alliance formed under PSP agenda?

Are non-state actors trying to incite war between India and Pakistan?

US pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watchlist

US launches full-scale confrontation with China: Scholar

France will strike if chemical weapons use proven in Syria: Macron

Strikes on Uighurs Show How Trump’s Afghan War Is Changing

Islamic Revolution of Iran united Muslims around the world, says Allama Sajid Naqvi

Kashmir from Nehru to Modi; what’s changed?

Pak-Afghan talks: Why a futile practice?

Afghan end game: How Pakistan pushed US in a closed street?

Turkey Struggles with Rising Death Toll in Afrin Invasion

Is Chief Justice of Pakistan clearing the way for Shahbaz Sharif?

Attack on military base: India threatens to unleash attacks on Pakistan

Report: ISIS’s Baghdadi Alive, but Trapped on ‘Island’

Downed Israeli jet changes all rules of engagement in region: Berri

Myanmar bulldozing villages in Rakhine to erase Rohingya history, show aerial photos

Saudi regime used US firm in Cyberwar on Qatar

The Politics of pipeline diplomacy

Imran Khan’s invitation: Would Ch.Nisar join PTI?

Shia Muslims stage sit-in to protest against Shia killings in Dera Ismail Khan

MEHR: Iran welcomes Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait

An Independent Journalist remembers Asma Jehangir

Taliban invites US senator for ‘mutual talks’ in Doha

An uphill task: Is the accountability of Pervez Musharraf possible?

Saudi regime forces kidnap three youths in Shia-populated Qatif

Rising tension: US to deploy 1,000s of troops near China’s border

Attack on Indian base in Occupied Kashmir leaves 12 dead

71 feared dead in Russia's passenger plane crash

Leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

France has no absolute evidence on Syria chemical attack: Defense minister

PTI legislators sign candidacy of Taliban's godfather for Senator of Pakistan

Abaya not mandatory attire for Saudi women: Saudi mullah joins the Bin Salman's moderation drive

Cuba Claims Justin Trudeau Is Fidel Castro’s Son!

Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit Palestine

Would Ch.Nisar make a new faction of PML-N?

Enforced disappearances: A pretext to pressurize Pakistan

The self-destructive mode of MQM

Syria downs Israeli F-16 warplane: Start of new strategic phase says Hezbollah

‘No sign France reducing arms sales to Saudi-led coalition’

Church of England faces 3,300 sex abuse claims

Who is Kim Yo Jong? Kim Jong Un’s Sister is Rising Star

Turkey extends military deployment near Yemen

India vs Pakistan: Would US take another policy U-turn?

Rise of China: Beijing challenges US in Afghanistan

China, Russia voice support for Iran's nuclear deal amid US threats

Stashed abroad: A useless hunt to bring looted money back to Pakistan

Mysterious disappearance: Can Police find out Rao Anwar?

North Korean leader’s sister arrives in South for Olympics in historic visit

Sun to cool down in next 30 years: Study

Yemenis destroy Saudi-led missile system in Ta'izz with ballistic missile: Report

Another rift: Is this the end of MQM?

Jamaat-e-Islami says Islamic Revolution of Iran a role model for Ummah

PA: Japan to recognise Palestine state, increase aid

TTP's deputy chief believed to be killed in drone strike: officials

Abu Dhabi-Tel Aviv relations: From cold to warm times

2017-12-07 12:06:54

Why is Trump moving on Jerusalem now?

 

In comparison to the focus on opposition to the move and its possible ramifications, relatively little has been said about why Donald Trump’s administration has decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and signal its intent to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv.

 

For example, one widely-shared piece of analysis does not really answer the question in its title, namely, “Why is Trump undoing decades of US policy on Jerusalem?”

 

I believe there are three main reasons, none of which are mutually exclusive.

 

First, US domestic politics. Today’s announcement plays well with Trump’s base amongst right-wing Christian evangelicals, as well as with the likes of influential individuals like Sheldon Adelson. “Hallelujah!” proclaims alt-right site Breitbart’s main splash today, welcoming the news.

 

The fact that such constituencies are already committed to Trump does not rule out the fact that policy steps can be taken as a gift to the converted; Trump-ism has never been about building wide coalitions, or reaching out across various divides, but about energising and mobilising a base.

 

 

Don’t forget, of course, that a pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem was part of Trump’s election campaign; for a president who has struggled to fulfil his promises, a win is a win.

 

Second, Benjamin Netanyahu, along with other senior Israeli officials, might well have done a good job in persuading the Trump administration to make such a move – something that the likes of Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and US envoy to Israel David Friedman would be personally amenable to anyway.

 

For Netanyahu – and this is already evident in remarks made this morning – such a shift in American policy fits nicely with his narrative about a confident, nationalistic Israel expanding its diplomatic ties, the warnings of international isolation from his political enemies shown to be hollow threats.

 

Whether Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is actually in the best interests of Netanyahu, or his coalition, is a separate matter; but misguided or otherwise, Netanyahu would appear to have been urging the Trump administration to take such a step.

 

 

Third – and this is perhaps where many commentators are missing a trick – the Trump administration might well envisage, and justify, the Jerusalem shift in the context of its much-heralded efforts at securing the “deal of the century”.

 

At first glance this can seem counter-intuitive, since everyone from Jordan to the European Union has criticised the Jerusalem announcement as detrimental to efforts at advancing so-called Israeli-Palestinian “peace” and a “two-state solution”.

 

 

In fact, the Trump administration is more likely to view, and present, the Jerusalem move as a gesture to Israel that will create the expectancy or pressure for a corresponding “gesture” in return, such as economic-focused measures in the occupied West Bank.

 

Whether or not this calculation quite adds up, is another question – though Mahmoud Abbas and his team have, over the years, demonstrated a notable capacity for giving US efforts “one more chance”.

 

In other words, rather than being an inexplicable spanner in the works of the Trump administration’s wider efforts at birthing the “ultimate deal”, the White House – and perhaps Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman too – may well see the move as part and parcel of that very project (hence the weak response, thus far, from Riyadh).

 

On the ground, meanwhile, the reality for Palestinian residents of what is an apartheid city remains unchanged: home demolitions, municipal discrimination, brutal raids, and settler-driven displacement. This is Jerusalem’s grim reality that, by their long-standing inaction, Israel’s allies have played a crucial role in facilitating. Trump thus joins a crowded field of the complicit.

Ben White

pk.shafaqna.com

Categories:  
From other agencies (RSS Reader)