By Punishing Palestinians, Trump Could Plunge the Middle East Deeper Into Turmoil

Thousands of employees of UNRWA, the U.N agency for Palestinian refugees demonstrate in support of their organization following U.S. funding cuts, Gaza City, Jan. 29, 2018 (AP photo by Khalil Hamra).
Thousands of employees of UNRWA, the U.N agency for Palestinian refugees demonstrate in support of their organization following U.S. funding cuts, Gaza City, Jan. 29, 2018 (AP photo by Khalil Hamra).

Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address last week may have been mild by his standards. But while generally lacking in inflammatory rhetoric, the speech wasn’t devoid of it altogether. In a moment that deserves more attention than it received, Trump referred to a vast swath of countries, including many U.S. allies, as “enemies of America.” Those three words, which did not appear in the prepared text released by the White House before Trump’s address, were directed at the 128 countries that backed a December resolution at the United Nations General Assembly condemning the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to […]

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