The Observer view on Trump and Jerusalem | Observer editorial

US foreign diplomacy driven by ego in pursuit of the ultimate deal is no plan for Middle East peace

One of the first principles of international relations is that effective diplomacy is always prosecuted in pursuit of clear foreign policy objectives, which makes Donald Trump’s theatrical and ego-driven speech recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv not only dangerous but baffling.

Trump’s foreign policy aim on the Israel-Palestine question, as far as it has been articulated, is to secure a peace deal that none of his predecessors in the White House could achieve; the “ultimate deal”, according to his boast.

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