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Is Trump Following a Grand Mideast Strategy? By Daniel J. Arbess (WSJ)

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Jun. 5, 2018

His approach to Israel, Arab allies and Iran makes it look that way. Syria will pose a major challenge.

What if President Trump’s foreign policy isn’t as impulsive as it may seem? Put aside Korea and trade and consider the Middle East. Mr. Trump’s disregard of orthodoxy could turn out to be exactly what’s needed to sequence a comprehensive strategy for stabilizing the region—and to stanch the flow of Islamist terror to Europe and the U.S.

The first step has been to forge a working consensus among Israel and its Arab neighbors, aligned to contain Iran and frustrate its dreams of a Shiite crescent through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean.

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