This paper provides an analysis of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel, highlighting reflections on the US-Israeli relations on the one hand, and on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the other. The paper hypothesises that Trump’s visit took on many implications and interpretations. In the final analysis, however, Trump’s visit broke away from the US historical position, particularly the former Obama administration’s position towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It also reflected an adoption of Arab positions in the region.

The paper highlights that the Palestinian side appeared as the absent party in Trump’s visit.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.