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Arabs Promise Violence If Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capitol

Leave it up to the Palestinians and their Arab allies to start a war over a reality they don’t like.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise, really. When the nation of Israel was re-founded, Arabs promised to live in peace with the Israelis. But when it was all said and done, they had been lying to the “infidel” Israelis the entire time.

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U.S. President Donald Trump will be making a decision this week on whether to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said, a move that would break with decades of U.S. policy and could fuel violence in the Middle East reports Reuters.

“He’s still looking at a lot of different facts, and then when he makes his decision, he’ll be the one to want to tell you, not me,” Kushner said at an annual conference on U.S. policy in the Middle East organized by the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.

Kushner is leading Trump’s efforts to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, efforts that so far have shown little progress.

Past U.S. presidents have insisted that the status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions — must be decided in negotiations. The Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and the international community does not recognize Israel’s claim on all of the city.

Any move by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would fuel extremism and violence, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

Trump’s announcement, expected in a speech on Wednesday, would amount to the not-quite fulfillment of a campaign promise to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a step for which many of President Trump’s Jewish and evangelical supporters, and their allies in the Israeli right wing, have been clamoring, according to the New York Times.

For Israelis, it would acknowledge the obvious: that their government sits in Jerusalem, mainly on its western side — though the United States, along with the rest of the world, has not recognized the Holy City as Israeli territory, particularly since the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, when Israel conquered East Jerusalem.

“That Trump will declare it? I’m glad, in case anyone was in any doubt,” said Betty Mizrahi, 40, a government worker living in Har Homa, a neighborhood built on captured territory. “Jerusalem was always the capital. That people deny it is another matter.”

Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 3rd, 2017

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