EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell will soon arrive in our region. This “peace team” will meet with leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority to examine ways to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process while also addressing issues of far more importance to Arab leaders, such as Iranian subversion in the region, the situation in Syria, the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Sunni Muslim states, as well as what is commonly referred to as “the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”
The US is returning to the Middle East. There is no reason to doubt the integrity of President Trump’s intentions, although he is clearly also motivated by a desire to present an achievement in the international arena. It would be hard to point to any such achievement in the past six months since Trump took office.
Trump is now confronted with a crisis with North Korea, which is threatening Guam and is believed to be in possession of nuclear weapons, as well as the ongoing investigation into Trump’s and his staff’s relationship with the Russian government during the election campaign. There are also difficulties on the domestic front, starting with Congress’s inability to pass a new health care law to replace the Affordable Care Act and the fact that Trump has yet to make good on his promise to build a border wall.
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