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Trump looks ready to throw in the towel

Difficulties in reaching a solution to the Syrian crisis and US President Donald Trump’s inability to achieve progress in Palestinian-Israeli talks were the two topics that captured the attention of papers in the region

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Kuwait’s Arab Times said that someone from the international parties involved in the crisis does not want the Syrian issue to be resolved because it is serving their interests.

The newspaper noted that from the meetings in Geneva, Astana, Sochi and Vienna recently the face of the Syrian opposition changed several times, whereas the ruling regime in Syria is still the same. “In other words, the regime has never been toppled militarily or those seeking Al Assad’s removal have not found a successful political solution. The only party able to impose a solution are the Arabs, who need to agree on ending the miserable crisis in Syria, or they can distance themselves and admit their weakness, which would mean the collapse of Arab national security.”

The UAE’s Al Khaleej noted that Russia had pinned high hopes on the Sochi plan that was proposed months ago as a solution to the Syrian crisis. “Russia eventually realised the absence of conditions that can result in a solution to the crisis. An indication of Russia’s lowered expectations can be gleaned from the statement of Dmitri Peskov, the Press Secretary to the President of Russia, who described the conference in Sochi as ‘important’, but added that it will not result in a solution. This is because it became clear to Moscow that it no longer possessed all the cards for resolving the crisis, particularly with Washington changing its stance regarding the Syrian crisis. This is reflected in the US decision to set up a 30,000-man force in Syria’s northeast. The US, in addition to four other countries, submitted a proposal to the United Nations that contradicted the Russian approach to a solution, a move that undermined the Sochi conference.”

As if Trump’s recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last month was not bad enough, he now upped the ante by asserting that occupied Jerusalem in its entirety is a done deal in favour of Israel, wrote the Jordan Times.

“Trump made these assurances to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The US president did not even stop there when he also expressed the view that US economic aid to the Palestinians would be suspended as long as they shun peace talks with Israel. The Palestinian side is countering Trump’s bellicose rhetoric on [occupied] Jerusalem and the stalled peace process on the Palestinian conflict by telling the world that the US is no longer a serious partner. The Palestinian leadership also said that it is looking elsewhere for other sponsors of peace efforts with Israel, an invitation that has yet to receive a reply from any quarter.”

After having previously spoken of his desire to achieve the ultimate deal of bringing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Trump looks ready to throw in the towel, wrote the Saudi Gazette.

“ Trump must also realise that he is making the job of peace broker infinitely harder and is doing himself no favours by granting [occupied] Jerusalem a status that is false and cutting aid to Palestinians when their only sin has been an unwillingness to sit at a tilted negotiating table. Trump did add that Israel would also be forced to make concessions but it is anybody’s guess what those sacrifices might entail. It certainly isn’t [occupied] Jerusalem.”