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Experts react to Trump’s Jerusalem decision: A diplomatic upgrade or end of the peace process?

Jonathan Schanzer
7th December 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

US President Donald Trump threw another political bombshell into the Middle East sphere on Wednesday, upending Washington’s longtime cautious position by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiating the move of the US embassy in the years to come.

Former US negotiators and experts who follow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were divided in their assessment of Mr Trump’s decision. While some told The National it undermines the US standing and credibility, others viewed it as a natural diplomatic and political move that enjoys a mandate from US Congress.

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Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

While the announcement was a win for Israel and therefore a disappointment to the Palestinians, the announcement does not do anything to challenge Palestinian, Arab or Muslim claims on Jerusalem. It is merely a determination of where America will conduct its diplomatic business. It is for this reason I believe the response has been hysterical and wildly out of proportion.

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israel, jerusalem, palestinians