The United States Should Listen to Jordan on the Jerusalem Decision

President Trump’s December announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital produced an international backlash that isolated the United States and left his administration’s Middle East peace efforts dead in the water. As the foreign ministers from Arab governments meet this week in Cairo to discuss next steps, Jordan is a key country that the United States should watch closely if it wants to revive any hope for progress towards a lasting Middle East peace.

Some countries, like Turkey, have angrily protested Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy there. Others, like Saudi Arabia, had signaled interest in advancing a peace deal, but have since backed away from visible engagement since Trump’s announcement.

This article was originally published in The Hill.