Will Trump’s Middle East Deal Work?

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) and first lady Melania Trump (3rd L) stand with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd R), his wife Sara (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (L) upon their arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen - RTX36ZTW

Al Monitor: Just prior to US President Donald Trump’s arrival in Jerusalem May 22, the virtual emergency sirens that had screamed in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office had toned down somewhat. The chances that Trump would present his diplomatic initiative here had lessened.

According to a senior Israeli security source, the new concept that is being bandied around in the halls and in high-security meetings is “a regional security alliance.” This concept should be the icing on the top of the much-spoken-about “regional process.” Such an alliance should serve as a collective insurance policy of the various players, the big prize desired by all the countries that belong — directly or indirectly — to the pragmatic “Sunni bloc.” The leaders of this group are the ones who listened very carefully to the president’s speech in Riyadh on May 21.

This is the dream of quite a number of secret regional heroes who are scurrying around the Mideast these days. The chances for realizing these plans now depend quite a bit on Trump’s determination and resolve. And the Trump who arrived in Israel on Monday was quite exhausted after two hectic days in Saudi Arabia. more …

Opinion: A two-state solution centers around who owns Jerusalem. It is most definitely a real estate deal.
You might have noticed that I have been critical of the president’s Middle East peace initiative. My disappointment centers around the US Embassy remaining in Tel Aviv and the lack of clarity as to whom the Trump administration thinks is the rightful owner of Jerusalem.
In the past week two Trump administration senior officials tried to sidestep the matter of Jerusalem, recalling Zechariah’s prophecy “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples …”
The final insult came yesterday when Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennet, shook Trump’s hand saying “This is the time to recognize Jerusalem.” Sadly Mr. Trump responded to Bennett saying, “That’s a good one”.
Interesting that the Apostle Luke knew it would come down to Jerusalem and said so: ” … And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
The good news is that when Biblically ignorant Gentiles are done trampling the city of David, the time of Gentile domination will give way to 1000 years of peace (Revelation 20:1-2).
Did President Trump get sucked into the Middle East land for peace vortex like his predecessors? The short answer is yes, yes he did, and both he and us have missed a blessing.