The closest allies of America recently condemned the nation in the U.N. following the Israeli air attack that killed two people in Gaza. There were unending protests outside the Lebanon-based American embassy as Trump’s UN ambassador communicated the president’s message to everyone: “The sky’s still up there. It hasn’t fallen”.
A few days back, the President made an announcement that America acknowledged Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital. This announcement broke with global consensus and shook up all the Middle Eastern allies of the United States. It also ended up triggering riots while permanently damaging the long-drawn-out pursuits of the US policy, which was aimed at formulating a peace treaty between the Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
Allies unhappy with Trump’s decision
Last week, 14 security council members of the UN, including close allies like France and Britain, criticized Trump’s decision. The nation failed to find any solace with the Arab League allies that denounced the decision, tagging it as a ‘threatening violation of global law’. The common viewpoint is that the decision has the power to increase tension and trigger anger while making the region more vulnerable to chaos and violence.
The Middle Eastern allies warned of highly dramatic consequences to Trump’s announcement. Tayyip Erdo?an, the Turkish President, said that Muslims see Jerusalem as a dark red line. This might result in Turkey ending its diplomatic relations with Israel.
Growing affiliation between Saudi Arabia and the US
Mike Pence, the US vice-president, will be paying a visit to the region sometime during the month. But both Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President, and the Coptic Church’s head have refused to entertain him. Pence’s spokeswoman, Alyssa Farah, was reported saying that it is sad that the authorities in the Middle East are avoiding a good opportunity for discussing the region’s future.
According to Nikki Haley, the President’s decision has rational logic behind it. She said that the Palestinian poverty and Israeli settlements fail to have any significant impact on Middle Eastern allies, particularly Saudi Arabia. Another important factor influencing the decision is the increasing regional influence of Iran.
Haley added that there are a lot of commonalities shared between the US and the Arab League, and this is primarily due to the battle with Iran. The royals in Saudi Arabia and President Trump’s administration have remained entwined since the former country’s crown prince and King Salman gave Trump a golden reception back in May.