U.S. President Donald Trump is one of a rare breed of politicians. Unlike his predecessors, he keeps his promises. The message the U.S. sent to the world, and the Palestinians in particular, when it announced it would open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem as early as this May was clear: If you continue to evade peace talks, your efforts will backfire.
The Palestinian strategy is based upon the assumption that a diminishing U.S. presence and the resulting increased Russian presence in the Middle East, along with the troubled relationship between Washington and Europe, have combined to create the optimal conditions for ousting the U.S from its role of sole mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It may also be that Trump’s problems at home and the questionable stability of the Israeli government have also played a role in the Palestinians’ decision to push ahead with efforts to internationalize the conflict.