Rachna Shah
Dec 6, 2017

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem


"President Donald Trump has announced that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy."


...He added he is not taking position on any final status issues, including contested borders. Trump said he intends "to do everything" in his power to help forge a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.


...Shortly after Trump's speech, Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said the US president "destroyed any possibility of peace" and was "pushing this region towards chaos [and] violence"."


Source: Al Jazeera

Alan Gao
Dec 6, 2017

It seems that there was nothing for the US to gain from this action, yet so much to lose. Formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will only serve to inflame relations between the US and other middle eastern countries. The perception of the US, already negative enough, will go down the drain. The US will now be the only country to establish an embassy in Jerusalem. Only one question remains: why, Trump, why?!

Alan Gao
Dec 8, 2017

The National Review makes a valid point, and Trump did, like many other presidential candidates have, promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem. However, it's also important to note the National Review's bias towards this issue. Just typing in 'Israel' into the National Review's search bar yields countless articles that are blatantly pro-Israel. Is the National Review really a qualified authority to tell us about the implications of this move? As stated in the article, "The Palestinian envoy to Britain says the decision amounts to a 'declaration of war.'"

Ahmed Abdirahman
Dec 11, 2017

The US was playing middle in this conflict, the seen to bee siding with Israelians, and this won't be fair to the Palestinian and maybe the start of a new war.

max bray
Feb 25, 2018

The problem is that Jerusalem will no matter what be an Israeli territory. So recognizing it as Israel’s capital only seems right. Plus, it was never the modern day Palestinians to begin with. It was last held by Britain in the old Palestine.

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