Triumphant celebrations were expected in Jerusalem following Donald Trump’s decision to move the United States embassy and recognise the city as Israel’s capital, but these were joined this week by scenes of deadly chaos in Gaza.

In an episode as laden with symbolism as the embassy itself, television broadcasts switched to split screen: pomp and pageantry in Jerusalem on one side, tear gas and bullets in Gaza on the other. It was a reminder of the conflicting accounts of nation and identity that run so deep in the Middle East, and of the enormous difficulty of reconciling them.

But the embassy move also pointed to an emerging – and highly risky – style of Trumpian diplomacy …

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