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Trump's Jerusalem move: Palestinian protests rage for third day

Trump's Jerusalem move: Palestinian protests rage for third day

Chanting in Jerusalem as violence intensified today both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip two days after President Trump's announcement that the US now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Moreover, there is a lot of ignorance of history.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital.

On Saturday, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had heard "voices of condemnation over President Trump's historic announcement" but had "not heard any condemnation for the rocket firing against Israel that has come and the very bad incitement against us". "This necessitates forming an Arab delegation to visit influential world capitals to push for the two-state solution to the Mideast conflict", Safadi said, adding that the entire world should then recognise the emerging independent Palestinian state, within the pre-1967 lines and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Mr Trump, intentionally or not, is signalling to all concerned that he is unafraid of backing Israel in ways that go further than the traditional pro-Israel US stance.

The Israeli military said it was reinforcing troops in the occupied West Bank, deploying several new army battalions and putting other forces on standby, describing the measures as part of its "readiness for possible developments".

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest barriers to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace. Thus, the belief that setting up an embassy in West Jerusalem sanctifies the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem (which is not internationally recognized) is simply factually incorrect, as the presence of the previous consulate would have already conferred such legitimacy, as would the current consulate. The Palestinian Authority president is attending a Muslim summit next week.

As if terrorists should dictate whether Jerusalem is Israel's capital. The carrots are the repeated offer of land transfer that happened for much of the 1990s, while the sticks have been the construction of settlements.

For decades, Washington, like most of the rest of the global community, held back from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, arguing that its status should be determined as part of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. And here, militants in Gaza fired rockets toward Israel.

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KELLY: Now, what has been the message coming down from leaders both Israeli and Palestinian?

On the Palestinian side, there is no real negotiating tactic, merely failure-compensation to mask monumental corruption and incompetence.

This includes determining the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and the resolution of contested borders, issues the President said will be agreed upon exclusively by the parties.

Hamas confirmed two of its members were killed in one of the early morning strikes.

"Some of them don't even know what Palestine is".

Mr Trump could even credibly threaten that USA support for Israel would be substantially reduced in the future if Mr Netanyahu blinks. The move of the embassy to Jerusalem carries with it the implicit threat that the U.S. will either sanctify or reject Israeli control of East Jerusalem. It is the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president.

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is senior fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.


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