Donald Trump's first presidential foreign trip has fortuitously given him a temporary respite from the firestorm generated by what he has called "that Russian thing" and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
If President Trump is determined to be Israel's best friend, he might aim his sights a little lower and deflate the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is the key to resolving the Middle East's many conflicts.
Hamas' tactic is not only to turn the world against Israel, but against all Jews. One need only look at the disturbing proliferation of anti-Semitic riots across Europe to see that this tactic is succeeding. Israel is expected to tolerate what no state on Earth would.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Monday with the teenager who allegedly was beaten by Israeli police last week, and Jewish leaders in Baltimore condemned the alleged abduction and killing of his cousin by several Israelis.
Neither U.S. activism in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran, nor U.S. inaction in the case of Syria, has yet to bring the results hoped for by the Obama Administration. While U.S. policy in the Middle East has not yet broken down, except, perhaps in the case of Syria; the U.S. remains a long way from the breakthrough in the region that the Obama Administration had hoped for.