For those Democrats and progressives determined to fight President Trump at every move, I have some bad news for you. Or at least I’d ask you to reconsider. The Trump administration’s game plan for the West Bank makes eminent sense—at least in the very short term and in the economic sphere. Long-term issues are another matter entirely, and I’ll save that for a separate article.
As President Trump visits Israel and the West Bank, Monday’s White House press release on steps to which Israel has agreed to improve Palestinian access to land in the West Bank has taken a page out of the playbook of what we in the Obama administration sought to accomplish. Indeed, it almost feels like the Trump administration actually reviewed one of my recent pieces calling for just these kinds of initial steps.