Trump’s fool­hardy move

The Jakarta Post - - OPINION -

If Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for­eign pol­icy moves have been driven by putting “Amer­ica first,” his in­ten­tion to rec­og­nize Jerusalem as the Is­raeli cap­i­tal and move the United States em­bassy there would be more fool­hardy if car­ried out. Of course, it may be in­tended to shift at­ten­tion, from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion which has now snared his for­mer se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor Michael Flynn. But what else?

Pres­i­dent Trump has ea­ger­ness to ac­com­plish some­thing big. So af­ter declar­ing en­gage­ment with the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Korea a “fail­ure,” his ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­port­edly con­cluded “de­lay­ing the recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Israel has done noth­ing to achieve peace.”

Trump has re­ceived warn­ings of the con­se­quences from car­ry­ing out the re­lo­ca­tion from around the world. If he chooses to dis­re­gard their wise coun­sel, he will not only be go­ing back on his words to Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas about his com­mit­ment to fa­cil­i­tat­ing an Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace deal, he will open a Pan­dora’s box of tur­moil that ex­pe­ri­ence sug­gests will be felt world­wide.

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