Trump’s embassy decision helps bring into focus the real issues that now need to be addressed. The Middle East peace process has long needed clarity and an injection of reality, and Trump has provided it.
I think that the Russians and the Chinese have been very bold and quite upfront about it and the fact that newspapers like the Washington Post allow them to buy advertising supplements, you can call it that, but when people are just turning the pages of the newspaper looking at their websites, it looks a lot like real content. So when you image that Russia is daring enough to do that, you can imagine what they are doing over the internet.
The Iranians simply say, “Well we don’t have a nuclear warhead program. Therefore none of our missiles are designed to carry them.” It’s an embarrassment, should be, to John Kerry and Barack Obama who negotiated it. But I think even more importantly, it shows what Iran thinks of agreements, Security Council resolutions. They couldn’t care less.
For the first time since it began operating in 2002, the International Criminal Court has put the U.S. in its sights. On Nov. 3, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda initiated an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since mid-2003. This raises the alarming possibility that the court will seek to assert jurisdiction over American citizens.
We could now well see the next stage in a conventional, or even worse, in a battle that does involve nuclear or chemical weapons, for hegemony in the Middle East between Iran on one side, and the Arabs on the other.