Eetta Prince-Gibson is a former Washington Post special correspondent and the editor in chief of The Jerusalem Report from 2007 to 2012.
Are Trump's actions in Israel a gesture to US evangelicals?
As usual, Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem are hosting Christmas festivities for thousands of visitors to the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born. But this year, US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has caused tensions and dampened the holiday mood.
As ethnic Druze in Syria are caught in a flashpoint on the edge of the country’s six-year civil war, their neighbors and relatives across the border in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights are figuring out their allegiances. Some Golan Druze are reaffirming their historical and in many cases, familial ties to Syria, while others are drawing closer to an Israel that after years of caution may begin to intervene in the Syrian conflict at its door.
For most leaders, and in most countries, red carpet affairs are fairly staid and uneventful, following set protocols. But to state the obvious, neither Trump nor Israel's leaders are like most.
Israeli leaders are thrilled to hear Trump's vitriol against Iran, but also worry his deals will cause their country to lose its edge.