In the Muslim world, the push is on to normalize ties with Israel


The Middle East had proven to be an intractable Gordian Knot, one that every American president had tried to disentangle without success. And then President Donald Trump came along and, like Alexander the Great before him, he had a simple solution - don't fuss with the knot, cut it!

Trump's approach was to stop dealing with the Palestinians and Iran. Instead, he marginalized them. This meant focusing on Israel's security and status. He walked away from the Iran Deal, announced that the settlements in the West Bank weren't illegal, and moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The Palestinians stood by helplessly, unable to stop this pro-Israel trend.