South Asia and Beyond

‘Trump’s Peace Plan Serves Domestic Political Compulsions, Hands Netanyahu A Lifeline’

NEW DELHI: The fact that President Donald Trump’s peace plan is not likely to be accepted by the Palestinian people, nor bring peace to the Middle-East is something that may be of secondary importance to him. As Arun K Singh, former ambassador to the U.S. and Israel, tells Surya Gangadharan and Ashwin Ahmad, the plan’s aim is to address the U.S. president’s political compulsions and show him as a person who comes up with different ideas to major world problems. And by virtue of giving Israel virtually everything – the plan recognises Jerusalem as the capital, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights – Trump has not only sought to win over the Jewish vote in the US who have traditionally voted Democrat, but also reassure his core evangelical Christian community vote-bank at home. Trump aside, the plan also offers Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a lifeline. Troubled by allegations of corruption at home, the embattled Netanyahu can show the plan as concessions he was able to demand from the U.S. president and succeed.

Ashwin Ahmad

Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.

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