Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Human Rights Studies

First Advisor

Seth Markle


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been an ongoing war in the Middle East that began in the mid-20th century. Over the last seventy years, the region has been characterized by widespread violence and war as disputes over territory and religious freedom have heightened tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians. Many countries, especially the United States, have attempted to resolve the conflict and bring peace to the region. Since the conflict started, U.S. presidents, both Republican and Democrat alike, have generally maintained a similar, pro-Israel approach while attempting to be inclusive of the Palestinian community. However, the election of Donald J. Trump has dramatically shifted U.S. policy towards the conflict that has ultimately made the situation worse. President Trump’s aggressive support of Israel has stifled peace negotiations and has made the prospect of a peaceful resolution virtually impossible. Through an examination of secondary sources, as well as first-hand accounts from speeches, news reports and official documents, I argue that the current uncompromising support of Israel by the U.S. has led to the demise of any possibility for significant progress to be made. In fact, Trump’s refusal to call out Israel and encourage democratic reforms has further isolated us from the international community and has weakened our standing in the free world. If the United States ever hopes to take part in a successful peace plan, we must play an objective role and allow the main parties to discuss their grievances directly. Under President Trump, the region has moved further away from reaching everlasting peace and stability.


Senior project completed at Trinity College, Hartford, CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Human Rights Studies.