Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jerusalem as the capital of Israel


Donald Trump is playing with fire. Any moment now he is expected to announce Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His actions will contravene international law and decades of US foreign policy. It is likely to trigger a massive outbreak of violence.

Since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which initiated moving the US embassy, every six months the President of the US has signed a waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv. But now it looks like Trump will break with this policy. Moving the embassy, or declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, obliterates any claim that the US can be an “honest broker” in the Middle East. Countries across the Middle East, and even former Israeli ambassadors, are urging Trump cease and desist from his reckless course.

 

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