- The Irish Times View on Trump’s ‘Peace Plan’: Worse Than Worthless
The idea of an ‘economic peace’ as the first step in a sequence has long been discredited among Palestinians.–
If the first element in the United States peace plan for the Middle East, unveiled by the White House in recent days, is any indication of what is to follow, then the initiative could be worse than worthless. It could be profoundly damaging to the prospects for peace in the region.
On coming to power, Donald Trump delegated his “deal of the century” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, but, more than two years later, the plan has yet to materialise.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s ability to play the role of honest broker – dubious to begin with – has been comprehensively lost as a result of its own actions, in particular the unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, ongoing hostility towards the Palestinian leadership and a chaotic regional policy that has prolonged the conflict in Yemen and needlessly brought tensions with Iran to dangerous levels.