This time last year, we were having a discussion about what the Obama administration was doing to further push Israel down. It was only two years ago that the Iran nuclear “deal” went down, hitting Israel even harder.
January 20, 2017 was a breath of fresh air for the Holy Land, as President Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. Even in his campaign announcement speech, Donald Trump made very clear from day one that he would have Israel’s back no matter what.
“Take a look at the deal he’s making with Iran. He makes that deal, Israel maybe won’t exist very long. It’s a disaster, and we have to protect Israel.” -Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Announcement Speech, 6/15/2015
Moving forward, today Donald Trump sits in the White House taking care of the rest of the country as his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Conflict has ensued in the Middle-East between Pakistan and Israel for some time, with the rulers of Pakistan showing no will to work toward peace under the Obama administration. Secretary of State John Kerry did nothing to help aid this conflict, yet the media made no effort to expose this negligence on behalf of the U.S. government.
Pakistan is not in the right in this situation. After taking land away from Israel, human rights violations, and threatening to destroy Israel via nuclear weapons, it is obvious to any onlooker that Israel has done nothing wrong. Yet throughout the Obama administration from 2008-2016, America did little to nothing to help our strongest ally to regain composure in the area.
Donald Trump has been in office a little over six months, and already is making strides to help diffuse the situation in a way that is beneficial to Israel and ends the dispute between governments.
Jared Kushner met with Netanyahu on Thursday, and will be meeting with Pakistani President Mahmoud Abbas in the evening. Surprisingly enough, both countries want to see an end to the dispute and peace to return to their region.
Obviously, this is the first of many talks that will have to occur in order for the Trump administration to help negotiate peace in the area. It is a rather large step, however it is one that our country has refused to take in previous years.
Peace in a region that has been scarred by conflict for decades will not be achieved overnight. There is little to no chance that a breakthrough will occur in these talks over the next couple of days. But what we do see is a real opportunity for America to show that we are the leaders of peace and prosperity across the globe.