Dire predictions from Barack Obama alumni that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, would ignite widespread violence have not panned out.
There has been no dedicated Arab reprisals since the doors opened with much fanfare in May 2018.
And two years later, Arab states are lining up to discuss and cement unprecedented peace deals with Israel that involve not just recognizing the Jewish state but also establishing trade and travel ties.
Secretary of State John Kerry, as he left office in January 2017, predicted an explosive doom for the Middle East.
“You’d have an explosion,” he told CBS News. “You’d have an explosion, an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region. The Arab world has enormous interest in the Haram al-Sharif, as it is called, the Temple Mount, the Dome [of the Rock], and it is a holy site for the Arab world.”