Last week, I wrote for Lawfare's feed at Foreign Policy about the ambiguity in the president's Dec. 6 announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The piece begins:
Latest in Middle East and North Africa
Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.
Why did the United States just ban large electronics in the passenger cabins of certain flights? It depends on whom you ask.
Turkish-backed Rebels Enter al-Bab, Trump and Netanyahu Ready for Meeting, Trump and Congress Mull Designating Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization
Turkey and the Assad regime reach agreement on offensive against Islamic State in al-Bab, what will happen in Trump and Netanyahu’s White House meeting, and what happens if the United States declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group?
Middle East Ticker: Assad Regime Corners Rebels in Aleppo, U.S. Reauthorizes Iran Sanctions, and Islamic State Prepares Its Fallback Plan
The Assad regime has captured 70 percent of eastern Aleppo and isn’t letting up, experts and foreign governments defend the Iran nuclear deal, and the Islamic State is ready to retreat to Deir Ezzor.
The international community can’t figure out how to stop the destruction of Aleppo, Iraq demands Turkey withdraw its troops before the battle for Mosul, and Morocco’s Islamists hold on to their parliamentary plurality.
Syria’s latest ceasefire falls apart. The U.S. and Israel agree on their latest and largest aid package. And the Saudis go on a charm offensive to promote economic reforms.
Many governments, including several important U.S. allies, simultaneously fight and encourage the terrorist groups on their soil. This two-faced approach holds considerable appeal for some governments, but it hugely complicates U.S. counterterrorism efforts—and the U.S. shouldn’t just live with it.
We’re unveiling a new and improved Middle East Ticker! This week, experts aren’t optimistic about the ceasefire plan for Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran’s sectarian bickering overshadows a new oil agreement, and Egypt’s planning an economic shakeup.
Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared on Markaz.