Trump must move awayfrom Obama's ideals
Jerusalem Affairs and Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin spoke in an interview with Arutz Sheva about US President Donald Trump’s attempts to restart peace negotiations during his visit to Israel this week. according to Elkin also said that Trump had changed the attitude of the White House towards Iran from what it had been during the Obama years. Where Obama sought to portray Iran as a moderate country which the US should improve its relationship with – even when its allies were opposed to the concessions the Obama Administration made to Iran – Trump spoke forcefully against Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and its exporting of terrorism and violence throughout the region during his visit to Israel.However, Elkin said that Trump still clung to two mistaken assumptions from the Obama Administration. The first was that solving the Arab-Israeli conflict through a peace deal with the PA was essential to solving all other conflicts in the Middle East. Elkin said that anyone who looks at the situation in Syria can clearly see that the Arab-Israeli conflict has nothing to do with the carnage which has claimed approximately half a million lives and created millions of refugees.Trump’s second mistaken assumption,according to Elkin, is that the President has gone along with Abbas’ facade of moderation, including Abbas’ need to be treated with honor as a Middle Eastern leader. “We need to accustom the world to the fact that we, too, are a Middle Eastern country whose honor is also important to it”, he said. Finally, he said that in his opinion Trump can move the amassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.