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What Middle East peace looks like in Trump’s world of winners and losers

By Lisa Van Dusen      

The chaotic American president’s approach to the protracted conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been anything but nuanced.

Despite political and legal problems at home, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems emboldened, notably due to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, writes Lisa Van Dusen. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

A few years ago, a friend with a crafty streak surprised me with a pair of geopolitical hand puppets. They have papier-mâché heads adorned with black felt hair, and they sport camouflage and combat boots. There are detachable moustaches. They came in their own box labelled “Super Fantastic Generic Middle East Combatant Hand Puppets.” I love them. In a fire, I would grab them before the laptop I’m writing this on. Last week, while watching Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

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