For several decades, peace in the Middle-East has been a subject of significant concern with several nations in conflicts. The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has remained a puzzle for the whole world for over six decades now. However, the recent intervention by the United States under President Trump appears close to bringing peace between the two warring nations finally. In the past few months since his election, President Trump has engaged in various activities which aim at re-connecting Israel and Palestine for peace talks (Mason & Bayoumy, 2017). These activities include sending representatives the Middle-East and also hosting the leaders of the two nations. President Trump’s Middle-East peace negotiation has commenced with the involvement of regional leaders and various agencies associated with international affairs in the United States.
Middle-East Peace Negotiation Efforts under President Trump
The United Nations (UN) body has profoundly participated in ensuring peaceful coexistence in many nations. However, according to President Trump, the UN’s existence as a bureaucracy and mismanagement has rendered it ineffective and unable to perform to its full potential (Superville & Lemire, 2017a). As a result, it has led to the poor performance of the organization, especially in the Middle-East. Thus, Trump decided to take a step in meeting a couple of world leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations to hold peace talks and also discuss various political issues (Superville & Lemire, 2017a). Trump’s peace negotiation in the Middle-East has appeared in a couple of ways.
Firstly, Trump was quick to visit the Middle-East with his first international call taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel (Sanchez, 2017). During this time, Mr. Trump was able to meet various leaders from the Middle-East including the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and a couple of Muslim leaders from Saudi Arabia and Palestine among other nations. The leaders addressed different issues concerning the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Also, the Israel Prime Minister reported on his commitment to the Trump’s vision laid out in Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh (Sanchez, 2017). According to Netanyahu, Trump’s travel from Riyadh to Tel Aviv was a diplomatic move which showcased the establishment of peace between the two nations (Sanchez, 2017). This incidence followed the improvement of the relationship between Israel and Egypt.
Secondly, Trump has involved various agencies associated with international affairs with the peace negotiation activities in the Middle-East. Mr. Trump sent Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, together with Jason Greenblatt, a Special Representative for International Negotiations, and Dina Powell, the National Security Adviser for Strategy Deputy (Mason & Bayoumy, 2017). The representatives aim at holding meetings with leaders of the Middle-East nations such as Israel, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine (Sanchez, 2017). With this representation, President Trump will benefit from exercising his peace talks agenda in the region. The group’s primary activities revolve around increasing efforts to reduce extremism and eradicating humanitarian crisis in Palestine regions of Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Lastly, President Trump’s previously held various meetings with the Israeli and Palestine leaders to establish peace between the two countries. Trump welcomed the two leaders occasionally in Washington as the first step towards peace talks in the region. In his meeting with Palestine leader, Mahmoud Abbas, Trump said that the US, Israel, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia among other nations are working tirelessly to reach a peace negotiation deal in nearest time possible (Mason & Bayoumy, 2017). The activities involved in the peace strategies include the elimination of the colonial occupation in the region, fighting terrorism, and the elimination of illegal and oppressive practices affecting the citizens of Israeli and Palestine (Mason & Bayoumy, 2017). The efforts included a call for disarmament among the Hamas, while also urging the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to prevent escalation of the situation through minimizing their warring approach while attending various tasks associated with defense in the region (Mason & Bayoumy, 2017). Trump also met the Israel Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu, where the two expressed their optimism for achieving peace negotiations between the two countries (Khalife, 2017).
President Trump’s Failure in the Approach towards Peace Negotiations in the Middle-East
As he embarked on the issue of peace negotiations in the Middle-East region, President Trump appears to fall short on some issues. Firstly, Trump seemed to have railed against the deals that were established previously by President Obama. In his assertion that the UN overspends in its budget on a regular operation and peace-keeping, Trump aimed at dumping out from some of the deals that the US maintains with the UN such as UN international climate agreement introduced during the Obama administration (Superville & Lemire, 2017b). However, his decision to disagree with UN operations did not auger well with some world leaders. Many of them were puzzled by Trump’s comments on the UN budget, while he appeared to be motivated to establish peace in the Middle-East.
Secondly, President Trump’s ban on the Middle-East citizens from traveling to the US seemed contrary to his intentions in the region. Upon his election to the presidency, Mr. Trump banned citizens from countries such as Iran, Iran, and Yemen (Khalife, 2017). By prohibiting people from the Middle-East from traveling to the US, Trump’s peace deal with various countries from the region appears impossible. Despite the meeting with some of the regional leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister and the Palestine President, Trump’s impression about the area seemed to cancel all the hope that the citizens of the region and even the world may have in anticipating for peace in the Middle-East.
Lastly, news agencies coverage on Trump’s peace negotiation in the Middle-East revolves around the controversy created by his approach towards the region. Although Trump is devoted to having a sensational peace deal for the area, his controversial stand stills appear converse. According to StepFeed, many Twitter users responded to Trump’s move for the peace talks in the Middle-East with sarcastic comments. Most of the tweets regarded the impression that Trump has in the Middle-East region such as the travel ban and his hatred towards the Muslim people (Khalife, 2017). The news agencies have entirely focused on the controversial approach of the President’s intention, with most of them deeming the peace negotiation talks to be out-of-reach for the president.
President Trump’s peace negotiation involvement in the Middle-East was the first international duty that he has embraced as the US President. Through the participation of political and religious leaders from various parts of the region, Mr. Trump has efficiently progressed towards introducing peace and friendliness among the nations such as Israel and Palestine and Israel and Saudi Arabia. Together with the leaders from the region, Trump has shown optimism to achieve a peace deal in the nearest time possible. However, with his controversial approach to the area including the travel ban, social media impact, and his take on the United Nations’ operations, the progress towards ensuring a deal seems more difficult than anticipated.