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  • Embassy move is an act of humiliation against Abbas

    It is also hard to see the Palestinian president agreeing to participate in negotiations headed by an American president who humiliated him so. By Elhanan Miller In the zero-sum game of Palestinian politics, every attack on Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority is interpreted as aiding his ideological rivals in Hamas. Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his announcement that the U.S. embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, along with other recent steps taken by the American government, thus weakened Mahmoud Abbas’s “diplomacy only” approach and increased the likelihood of a new outbreak of violence.…

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  • East Jerusalem activists respond to Trump’s declaration

    Palestinian activists from across East Jerusalem react to Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Will it lead to tangible change? Will there be an uprising? What should the Palestinian leadership do? By Michael Salisbury-Corech, Alma Biblash, and Yael Marom Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiating the move of the American embassy was received with cheers and applause by the Israeli leadership and with threats and calls for protests by the Palestinian leadership. Absent were the voices of the residents of East Jerusalem—hundreds of thousands of people treated as political pawns,…

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  • On Jerusalem, Trump is proving that the Israeli right was right all along

    By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital the U.S. president is boosting the settlers’ argument that in the long run, 'facts on the ground' are more important than diplomacy, and that Israel will eventually win legitimacy for its actions — even unilateral annexation. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan is said to have hesitated before ordering the IDF to conquer the Temple Mount and Jerusalem’s Old City in 1967. “What do I need this Vatican for,” he said at one meeting. But even the secular Dayan was swept by the wave of religious euphoria that took Israel after the war. A few…

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  • A city with no sovereign: The Jerusalem passport case

    The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the State Department can continue refusing to print 'Israel' as the place of birth for American citizens born in Jerusalem. 'Neither Israel nor any other country is acknowledged as having sovereignty over Jerusalem,' Justice Kennedy writes in the majority opinion. By Lolita Brayman The U.S. might be Israel’s strongest ally but that doesn’t mean Washington is willing to toe the Israeli line on the status of Jerusalem. For decades, the United States’ policy has been in line with the rest of the international community, not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The rationale is that…

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