President Trump seems pretty confident that he can solve the conflict in the Middle East. But Trump is well-known for being over-confident but having nothing to back it, says political analyst Akram Baker.
A botched Israeli raid has resulted in the worst escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. Unrest at the Gaza-Israel border had been calmer in recent weeks.
The rare publicly announced meeting is the latest sign of slow steps at normalization between Israel and Gulf Arab states. Oman has played an important mediating role in the Middle East.
The president-elect has said he plans to honor his campaign pledge to move the country's embassy in Israel out of Tel Aviv. Brazil will join the United States and Guatemala in making the controversial move.
After cutting $200 million in Palestinian aid in August, US President Donald Trump is making further cuts. It comes as the US is preparing to unveil its peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.
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