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December 7, 2017

12-7-2017 Trump’s Jerusalem speech could have big consequences for the Middle East nuggets..(Vox)

President Donald Trump has formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and said the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. [NYT / Mark Landler

  • Trump’s speech today represents a major shift in US foreign policy — previous administrations have opted to stay out of the debate, for fear that it could stir up tensions in the Middle East. [NPR / Camila Domonoske
  • But Trump entered the fray, in a move that was a huge boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu, a key Trump ally, immediately praised the decision. [Washington Post / David Nakamura
  • Just as quickly, Palestinian officials condemned the move, saying Trump’s declaration should automatically take the United States out of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians because it is showing clear preference to one side. [CNN / Laura Smith-Spark and Andrew Carey
  • Part of the reason Trump’s speech is so controversial is that both Israelis and Palestinians lay claim to Jerusalem as their capital; the “Holy City” has many important religious sites for Jews and Muslims alike. [Vox / Sarah Wildman and Jennifer Williams
  • Palestinian leaders called for protests and action in response to Trump’s declaration, and demonstrations have already started. [Haaretz / Yaniv Kubovich and Jack Khoury]

 

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