Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move a policy misstep

A Palestinian protester sets alight an America flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest near the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 7, 2017 against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. PHOTO | ABBAS MOMANI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • His ambiguous policy on the Middle East mirrors his wider global missteps.

  • The effects are clearly being felt in his missteps on climate change, immigration and now the status of Jerusalem.

  • Mr Trump’s speech on declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel was centred on the “Jerusalem Embassy Act”.

Listening to President Donald Trump, I wondered whether his latest decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was an effort to make America great again or whether it made America weak again.

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