Why hasn’t President Trump banned Two main Countries?

There has been a lot to do over President Trump’s new immigration order, and about the countries which were not banned from entering the United States. I think there are more factors that need to be taken into account, rather than just the fear of incoming terrorists. First, allow me to address the countries which […]

There has been a lot to do over President Trump’s new immigration order, and about the countries which were not banned from entering the United States. I think there are more factors that need to be taken into account, rather than just the fear of incoming terrorists.

First, allow me to address the countries which were banned, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya all have unstable government as well as a large presence of many terrorist organizations. Iran, while having a stable government, has frequently sought to directly threaten the United States.

As much as this may be true, the real question is why didn’t President Trump ban other countries, which have in the past facilitated terrorists who then attacked the United States?

One reason, for some countries not being on the list, could be due to those countries having a stable government, or another might for economic reasons. However, in my opinion, there is a different reason for these countries not being on that list, one that has to do with more than just the United States.

Is it possible, that these countries were not included because they have had a larger role in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians?

When the immigration order came out, many people questioned the absence of two main countries from the list, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Saudi Arabia is one of the key players when it comes to anything that has to do with the Palestinians. They are a large source of income for the Palestinians as well as safe asylum for their leaders. If anything is to happen regarding a solution, Saudi Arabia has to give it support.

Egypt is just as big of a player when it comes to this conflict. They have been very involved in the ongoing search for a solution. One of their actions was to hold peace talks in Cairo, another was their cooperation with Israel when they pulled their resolution regarding the settlements from the UN. Moreover, they leaked to Israel the information about the United States being behind the resolution that was passed.

Since Trump has been elected, and now sworn into office, he has said numerous times that he is going to end the Israeli Palestinian conflict. In past articles I have shown what I think the solution is going to be, a two state solution which will be a one sided decision written up by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and backed by U.S President Trump and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

In order for this to be possible, President Trump must stay on good terms with both Saudi Arabia and Egypt. If these two countries do not sign off on the solution, it will be almost impossible for the Western world to see it through.

I am sure that Trump knows how crucial these two countries are to the success of any type of solution visa vie Israeli Palestinian Conflict. This is why I think that not banning these countries has greater diplomatic value than the countries which are banned from the United States.

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  1. roey nickelsberg 1 year ago

    This article was originally posted on February 3rd, 2017, before the meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu on February 15th, 2017.

    http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/why-hasnt-president-trump-banned-two-main-countries/

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  2. Facundo Barbaro 1 year ago

    When will the United States government accept its responsibility for having contributed in large part to causing the instability that has reigned for decades in the Middle East? The act of banning the entry of Muslims from certain countries is aberrant and radical. If Trump is really going to dedicate his management to US internal problems and will only declare points of view on the various conflicts in the Middle East, I am convinced that if Russia manages to mediate between Turkey and Iran, it could end the Syrian Civil War in a matter of months. In the case of the conflict between Palestine and Israel, I share the view that a two-state solution would be reached only if Russia becomes the most influential power in the region. If this happens, the two most resonant conflicts in the entire Middle East would be partially finished.

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    1. David Allouche 1 year ago

      Thank you for your useful insight Facundo, Young Diplomats read and take into account all of its readers’ comments!
      Feel free to send us your thoughts and your articles, this platform believe every student could bring something! Cheers

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