The stakes could not be higher for the president's first trip abroad. And he'll need to be careful and disciplined.
Amongst the chaos and the tweets, some of the more reassuring steps of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump Presidency were the appointments of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.
While Trump railed against the Iran deal during the campaign, he rarely called for undoing it.
And the Trump administration needs a strategy to deal with it.
In recent years, ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors have quietly improved.
The way national security policy is made ultimately derives from the tone set by the president and there is no sign that Trump is changing.
Ilan Goldenberg is a senior fellow and director of the Middle East Security program at the Center for a New American Security. Previously, he served as chief of staff to the special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, supporting Secretary of State John Kerry’s initiative to conduct peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. From 2012 to 2013, he served as a senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 2009 to 2012, he was first a special advisor on the Middle East and then Iran team chief in the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy.