Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic
Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer.
Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy
This week, Alpher discusses which leg of Trump’s Middle East tour was strategically more significant, Riyadh or
Jerusalem/Bethlehem; how Trump can square his presumed achievements in Riyadh with his sweeping campaign
declarations against Muslims; whether it is really such a success story; Trump's trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem;
particularly comic and sensational moments; the presentation of Trump's strategy for making peace between Israelis
and Palestinians; whether any of these strategies really offer the kind of hope for the future that Netanyahu
mentioned so optimistically; and the significance of Trump's closing speech at the Israel Museum where he vowed to
fight Iran and terrorism, protect Israel, and pursue peace.