Problem Recognition: Trump and Jerusalem

This week President Trump is expected to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Until now, the US has refrained from weighing in on this issue, as both Israelis and Palestinians claim the holy city as their capital, and its final status has always been seen as a critical part of any peace agreement.


So why now? Three broader angles to consider:

Trump is under fire at home and Republicans — particularly Evangelical Christians — have always sought this move. Is Trump’s decision here serendipitous timing or a little red meat for the base as the Russia investigation starts to bite?

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu is also in domestic trouble, facing serious corruption allegations that have sparked protests in recent weeks. US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital plays well with his base — so from one self-described victim of a “witch hunt” to another, could this be a timely political gift?

Elsewhere in the region, Sunni Arab officials have warned that this move will provoke violence and regional instability, but our guess is that when it comes down to it the key Sunni Arab powers in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE care more about countering Iran — with a vigorously anti-Tehran US President — than they do about Palestinian aspirations.

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We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."

Why?

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The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.

500 million: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge 500 million people into poverty, according to a new report released by Oxfam. As incomes and economies continue to contract, global poverty will increase for the first time in 30 years, the report predicts, undermining many of the gains of globalization that have pulled millions out of poverty in recent years.

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