February 20, 2017 | Quoted by Nicolas Revise, Jonah Mandel - Agence France-Presse

Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

With a new leader in the White House bent on disrupting the status quo, could it also be time for a fresh approach to Middle East peace?

The United States this week encouraged a “regional” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, backing a proposal for the Jewish state to unite with Sunni Arab powers against Shiite Iran, their common foe.

The first meeting at the White House between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took place on Wednesday, with the proceedings dominated by the US leader backing away from longstanding American policy of calling for a “two-state” solution.

“Trump has the potential to pull off a major diplomatic coup between Israel and the Gulf states in countering Iran's threat,” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told AFP.

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