Uncertain allies: the Jerusalem announcement amid shifting regional priorities

Author
Andrew McIndoe
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
Volume
6
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
2017
Institution
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Abstract
On 6 December the Trump administration made an unprecedented decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The announcement, which both recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and conveyed President Trump’s intention to relocate the United States’ embassy to the Holy City, is a move shrouded in obscure motivations. Was it a manifestation of the strongly pro-Israel orientation of the new government? Was it merely the fulfilment of a campaign promise, a sop to the president’s evangelical and pro-Israel support base? Or was it truly designed, as the President maintained, to reenergize a peace process that has been stuck in the mud for years?
Topic
Foreign Policy, Peace Studies, Trump, Conflict
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Jerusalem, United States of America