This is more Trump shake-up-the-world madness.
Notes The Journal:
Both Israel and the Palestinians have claims to the contested city, and the U.S. has held that Jerusalem’s final status should be the subject of broader international negotiations aimed at resolving the long-simmering dispute....“But Jerusalem for both Israelis and Palestinians (and Arabs) is an emotional issue and it is easy to ratchet up those emotions when it appears the future of the city is being affected. Rational arguments don’t tend to be heard,” [Dennis Ross, who advised multiple presidents on the Middle East, including President Barack Obama] said.
Jerusalem has long been a particularly difficult part of the long-running conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Israel captured the western part of the city in 1948 after the country declared statehood. Later, it annexed East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. Most countries, including the U.S., refused then to accept Israel’s annexation of the eastern part of the city and no country maintains an embassy in Jerusalem though many, including the U.S., have consulates there.-RW