Trump’s Foreign Policy Positions on Palestine and the Middle East

07 Feb 2017


As we begin 2017 with a new presidential administration, so we begin a critical year of major markers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are many questions about the foreign policy positions president-elect Donald Trump will assume and take with regard to the Middle East and Palestine. Trump has already declared he will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, will support increased settlement building in the West Bank, and among his cabinet picks he has appointed David Friedman, a lawyer with no foreign policy experience and known as a “hard-line” supporter of settlements, to serve as ambassador to Israel. John Kerry’s recent speech in the wake of the Obama administration’s abstention from voting on the UN Resolution condemning Israeli settlements, while finally speaking some truth on the issues, is seen as coming too late and little more than an attempt to salvage Obama’s legacy before the Trump presidency takes power. Our panelists will discuss these issues and more, while examining the widespread regional and global effects these shifts will bring.

*This event is also available via livestream.


Dr. Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Middle East Studies and Middle East Studies Program, George Washington University

Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, George Washington University

Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Sponsored By: 
The Jerusalem Fund For Education & Community Development
The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20037, United States