"The idea that Trump is willing and able to pull out all the stops in pursuit of 'the ultimate deal' between Israelis and Palestinians is now a pipe dream—if it was ever anything but. Some understandably hold the view Trump—seemingly unbeholden to anyone or anything—is able to pressure the Israelis in a way no calculating, vote-counting American politician would previously dare. That theory has fared poorly when applied to U.S. domestic politics, though," Andrew Leber writes for the New Arab.
"Saudi and its conservative Sunni allies will be hard-pressed to match Iran, even with their new arms purchased from the U.S. It is unlikely, too, that Mr. Trump will want to translate his anti-Iranian rhetoric into a full-fledged anti-Iranian policy, given what that would entail. All of which is to say there are no signs that the Saudi-Iranian relationship is about to take a turn for the better," CFR President Richard N. Haass writes for the Financial Times.
"It has become commonplace for the political and military leadership in the Gulf States from Muscat to Riyadh to rail against U.S. policy under the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. In the view of many of these leaders, it led to the meteoric rise of Iran, their arch-nemesis, and exacerbated regional turmoil. Since Trump's election, the shift in attitudes across the region has been notable," Bilal Y. Saab writes for Foreign Affairs.