US President Donald Trump is expected to visit Israel later this month, and many believe he’s going to use the occasion to drop a couple of diplomatic bombshells.
First, according to Israel’s Yediot Ahronot daily, Trump will renege on his election promise to move the US embassy back to Jerusalem.
Many speculate that it is, in fact, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government that are blocking the move, which Trump would make if the matter were entirely up to him. (see the upcoming June issue of Israel Today Magazine for more on this)
But the second bombshell should assuage some of Israelis’ disappointment over the first.
Yediot further reports that Trump plans to make a public statement reversing official US foreign policy and explicitly recognizing a united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
At the same time, it was reported that Trump will express support for the birth of a Palestinian state as a result of a bilateral agreement.
Of course, as past US presidents have learned, the Palestinian leadership will accept no deal that doesn’t include Israel’s surrender of Jerusalem.