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Kurtz: Trump-style diplomacy and its consequences
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the strategic decision of President Trump takes over by he the first President since Israel’s founding in 1948, to Jerusalem as the capital.
With his speech about moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, President trump is following a familiar pattern.
He takes a controversial step but does not go all the way—a way to measure half-fulfilled promise of a campaign, but not necessarily immediate consequences.
He is the first President since Israel to recognize the establishment in the year 1948 with Jerusalem as its capital, even though other presidential candidates have talked about doing this. At the same time, he to hold the signing of a Declaration of an Embassy in Jerusalem and the Embassy in Tel Aviv for a further six months, and officials say it could take years to build.
Trump said it was only a recognition of the reality and right to point out that the Congress voted to authorize the move of the Embassy during the Clinton administration, but it never happened.
Much of it is about the politics of symbolism, but the negative reaction in the Arab world, with Jerusalem shared-status, is all too real. Some people in Gaza city and Rafah, took place yesterday on the streets chanting “death to America” “death to Israel” and “Down with the trump card.”
The New York Times says trump is “upending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and, possibly, the destruction of his efforts to mediate peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
But the President, perhaps out of diplomatic sensitivity, not to immediately move the Embassy. He set ordered could be a sign, on the existing U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem says it is the new message. Instead, he gets to declare victory on an issue important to some American Jews and Evangelical voters.
This split-the-difference approach is almost a repetition of what was trump with the dreamer program. He had to announce Jeff Sessions, the management, the termination of the Obama-era decision to shield immigrants who were under 18 when their families brought them here illegally, but then granted a six-month extension. The move pleased immigration Hardliner, but Trump also said he wants to negotiate a new bill with Democrats in Congress, which would protect permanently the dreamer
In October, the President of Iran denies nuclear deal, but stopped short of the killing of the Obama agreement. Trump refused to confirm that Iran was in compliance with the deadline and threatened to leave the business, as he promised during the campaign. But he came essentially to the Congress.
In any case, the President got to announce to the political benefits, what he believes has is that it can limit a popular stance, while at the same time, or delay, the practical implications of this.
But given the explosiveness of the Middle East, the split-the-difference approach, more immediate consequences, especially to Jared Kushner, the efforts to broker a peace agreement. But this has to be a lot of progress seem to be anyway.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.