By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service (Writer’s Opinion)
WASHINGTON, DC (ANS – May 17, 2017) — It has been the most difficult challenge of the modern era in American foreign policy, one that has stymied the most seasoned and experienced statesman — how to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Now a real estate developer with scant foreign policy credentials may fall into an unusual opening to pull off the deal of the century, dwarfing in importance the skyscrapers bearing his name in Manhattan.
Trump is making preparations for his first trip abroad, where he will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican — all vital repositories for three world religions. Will a peace deal be in the works during his visits?
“The opportunity arises because of the rapid emergence of an unusual strategic alignment,” writes Gerald F. Seib in the Wall Street Journal. Seib points to the fact that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel “are strategically in sync with one another — and, simultaneously, on good terms with the new American administration.”
Often Egypt and Saudi Arabia are at odds with each other or with the United States. They have also been at war — whether hot or cold — with Israel, but that has changed because they share common enemies.
All three countries view Iran and ISIS as threats to their very existence. They can also see the Trump administration is ready to confront their common enemies.
“Already, there is a new level of security cooperation between Egypt and Israel in confronting extremists in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip,” Seib notes. “Meanwhile, quiet unofficial contacts between Saudis and Israelis have begun.”
Photo captions: President Trump shakes hands with with Prime Minister Netanyahu in the White House. 2) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and is also the founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions. Previously, Mark co-hosted a TV show called “Windows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, aired on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv/), which is now co-hosted by Dr. Garry Ansdell, Senior Pastor of Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Bellflower, California.
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