Jerusalem stance rules out ‘ultimate’ deal
When President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel earlier this month, he called it a “long-overdue step to advance the peace process.” Yet the president’s ill-timed Jerusalem speech has had exactly the opposite impact.
Room for skepticism on wider Syria policy
When the White House announced that Syria might be preparing another poison gas attack — and warned of dire consequences — critics were wary. Some saw the warning as a “wag the dog” feint. Others saw the warning as a pure pretext for sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to Syria in the near future.