Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

The Herald reports:

US President Donald Trump will officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a potentially dangerous change that will spark “three days of rage” in Palestine.

White House officials have confirmed the President’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ahead of the President’s speech on the subject early tomorrow, Australian time.

Senior white house staffers said the move was designed to acknowledge the “reality” that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and fulfil a “major campaign promise”.

The change in policy is controversial because it is likely to be viewed in the region as the US siding with Israel. King Abdullah of Jordan said the decision “would constitute a flagrant provocation to all Muslims, all over the world”.

Talk of the change received a swift rebuke from Palestinian factions, who called for protests to start on Wednesday and continue through to Friday, according to The Jerusalem Post. There are fears the demonstrations will turn violent.
I’m actually with Trump on this one. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
There is an argument that this recognition will make a peace deal harder in the Middle East, but the reality is that such a deal isn’t going to happen in the next couple of decades at least. So this is like reducing the chance from 0.2% to 0.1%.
Also recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel doesn’t mean that you are recognising that all of Jerusalem belongs to Israel. A two state solution can still partition Jerusalem (as it effectively is at the moment) and have West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

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