Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel destroyed decades of U.S. diplomatic effort to mediate and resolve the question of Palestinian rights.
But just as significantly, Trump’s decision to effectively drop a two-state solution provoked outrage from America’s allies, as the top diplomat of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, made clear.
“The European Union has a clear and united position,” she said. “We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both.”
Trump’s reversal of U.S. policy on Israel follows a long string of humiliating foreign policy decisions.
In general, he does not appear to recognize that the international community has common goals or that America has any responsibility to work toward them.
If Trump continues to ignore the warnings of foreign diplomats like Mogherini, the United States will find itself with no friends, powerless to help itself as the world moves on without us.