I’m not a good chess player. I know how all the pieces move, I understand some opening gambits, and I might be able to see one or two moves ahead. What I lack is any sense of strategy. This week feels a little like my chess-playing.
Of course it’s great news that the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel! Yay! (Though let me just note that we don’t need anyone to tell us where our capital is, but it’s good that it is recognized on the international stage.) Even with the recognition, moving the US embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, which has been in process for 20+ years, was still deferred.
(I like to use alternative pictures of Jerusalem. How many times can you see the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. Seriously, Jerusalem is so much more.)
Everyone knows that if you keep doing something exactly the same way, you will not get a different result. Trump is not a “business as usual” president and the Middle East might just need a shake-up to get things moving.
Alright, let’s assume this is a covert, L-shaped knight move. We don’t know where it came from or where it’s going.
What’s the next move?
Condemnation by leaders around the world, veiled or unveiled threats from Arab leaders, Palestinians protesting.
Ok. That’s probably a rook making a strong appearance in the center of the board.
And then what?
The middle of the board will be messy, so we’ll have to sacrifice a few pieces to clear the way.
Bishops will certainly be involved. Pawns will be strewn everywhere.
Real life is not a game of chess (thankfully!). If it was, it would look more like this.
But I’m still left with questions. Why recognize Jerusalem as the capital now? Israel gains on the international stage to some extent, but there will likely be a price to pay. So what does the US gain?
I’m not a good enough chess player or political strategist to have an answer for that.
(Yes, I went a little crazy with the Pixabay chess pictures.
What does this one mean? I don’t know.)