A few weeks ago I wrote in these same columns: “sooner or later, the Palestinian question will reemerge.” No doubt when you least expect it. It was on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. To be frank, I did not think that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would return so hastily and to figure prominently in world affairs.
High time for reevaluations
For Israel, Trump has offered a poisoned chalice. The question of Jerusalem will but reignite a cycle of violence be it in the shorter or longer term. The Israelis are betting that nothing will happen, and that the Palestinians are not intending on starting a third ‘intifada’, but they are probably committing a grave error of judgment.Christian Chesnot