US News Jerusalem Move Makes Trump's Peace Deal More Elusive Than Ever

15:21  07 december  2017
15:21  07 december  2017 Source:   Bloomberg

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital, upending decades of U.S. policy

  Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital, upending decades of U.S. policy <p>President Donald Trump on Wednesday will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, senior U.S. officials said, a decision that upends decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East.<br></p><p></p>Facing an outcry of opposition from Arab capitals, Trump, in a landmark speech, will announce he has ordered the State Department to begin developing a plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv in what is expected to be a process that takes three to four years, the officials said. He will not set a timetable for the move.

Road to Brexit: The Heartlands Where a Good Deal Matters Most . President Donald Trump called his decision Wednesday to break with decades of precedent and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel a move made “in the best interest of peace between Israel and Palestine.”

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a man sitting at a table: President Trump Gives A Statement On Jerusalem At The White House © Bloomberg President Trump Gives A Statement On Jerusalem At The White House (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump called his decision Wednesday to break with decades of precedent and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel a move made “in the best interest of peace between Israel and Palestine.” Israel aside, few others saw it that way.

Trump tried to temper his decision by reaffirming U.S. support for a “two-state solution” and saying he wasn’t preempting any final decision about Israel’s borders or sovereignty within Jerusalem. That’s important to Palestinians, because they view the eastern part of the city as their future capital, but it’s also something they would have already expected in any peace deal, so Trump’s statement rang hollow.

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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As President Trump has repeatedly said, it most certainly is “the biggest deal ” one could imagine. President Trump ’ s bold prediction of brokering Middle East peace About that move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

The full impact of Trump’s decision won’t really be known until his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, unveils a plan he has been working on with a small team aimed at forging peace in the Middle East. White House officials conceded that the effort isn’t ready yet and that there will be a cooling off period following Wednesday’s announcement before the administration can move forward with it.

“This step is prejudging, dictating, closing doors for negotiations and I think President Trump tonight disqualified the United States of America to play any role in any peace process," Saeb Erekat, the main Palestinian peace negotiator, said after Trump’s speech.

It wasn’t just the Palestinians. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May called Trump’s decision “unhelpful.” Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted that Jerusalem’s future should be defined within a peace process. French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Pope Francis were also opposed. Late Wednesday, eight members of the UN Security Council demanded an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

Theresa May disagrees with Donald Trump’s ‘unhelpful’ decision on Jerusalem

  Theresa May disagrees with Donald Trump’s ‘unhelpful’ decision on Jerusalem Mr Trump announced that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Theresa May has said she regards Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as unhelpful to prospects for peace in the region.

The Palestinians and essentially every country see that as undermining future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that would include Jerusalem ' s fate — just as the Trump administration purports to be working to broker the ever - elusive deal .

"Clearly this is a decision that makes it more important than ever that the long-awaited American peace talks that would include Jerusalem ' s fate - just as the Trump administration purports to be working to broker the ever - elusive deal . Trump move on Jerusalem highlights Arab divisions.

“We disagree with the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement,” May said in statement. “The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it.”

The decision reaffirmed Trump’s image as the disrupter-in-chief, a sobriquet he’s earned after dismissing delicate diplomatic constructs forged over decades -- such as when he questioned the wisdom of the “One-China policy” between Taiwan and China shortly before he was sworn into office.

Other precedent-busting foreign policy moves included his willingness to openly criticize past U.S. administrations on the world stage and engage in name-calling with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump has dubbed “Little Rocket Man.” He also defied U.S. allies by coming out in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

Exclusive: U.S. asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move - document

  Exclusive: U.S. asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move - document <p>US is asking Israel to temper its response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital because Washington expects a backlash and is weighing the potential threat to U.S. facilities and people, according to a State Department document seen by Reuters.</p>"While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response," the document dated Dec. 6 said in talking points for diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to convey to Israeli officials.

"Clearly this is a decision that makes it more important than ever that the long-awaited American peace talks that would include Jerusalem ' s fate - just as the Trump administration purports to be working to broker the ever - elusive deal . Trump move on Jerusalem highlights Arab divisions.

"Clearly this is a decision that makes it more important than ever that the long-awaited American peace talks that would include Jerusalem ' s fate - just as the Trump administration purports to be working to broker the ever - elusive deal . Trump move on Jerusalem highlights Arab divisions.

“I think that a shock to the system is not a bad thing,” said Danielle Pletka, senior vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

That approach comes with consequences.

Right after Trump’s declaration, hundreds of angry Palestinians took to the streets to denounce Trump. Demonstrators burned tires in the towns of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, across Gaza City and in the southern Gaza Strip’s towns of Khan Younis and Rafah.

‘I Was Provoked’

“I have never joined any protest against Israel, but when I heard that Trump declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, I was provoked and got mad,” said Hassan Sami Dbabesh, a 20-year-old construction worker from Gaza City.

So what did the U.S. president actually get in return for his decision?

A demonstration in Gaza City on Dec. 6.

Trump and his staff described the move as a recognition of reality on the ground. Israeli government institutions are based in Jerusalem and the country’s leaders would almost certainly insist as part of any deal that the city be the country’s capital.

World Leaders Condemn Trump Jerusalem Move, Warn of Violence

  World Leaders Condemn Trump Jerusalem Move, Warn of Violence World leaders reacted with dismay after President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. embassy there, amid concern the moves could ignite new violence and bury any hope for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Trump announced “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” and that the U.S. would start the process of moving its embassy to the city.

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Later today Donald Trump is expected to make a largely symbolic but important gesture, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — not as an international capital or Moving the embassy, even if it entails nothing more than hanging a sign on a new building, is a pushback against attack on an ally.

“When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges, with open eyes and very fresh thinking,” Trump said. “We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past.”

Campaign Promise

If nothing else, Trump has fulfilled a campaign vow, one that presidential candidates before him have long promised but never carried out.

“The reason he wanted to do this in the first place was symbolism in fulfillment of a campaign pledge to his evangelical base,” Tamara Cofman Wittes, a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

But she warned the move could backfire well beyond the current global outcry. Protests were also reported in Turkey, and images began to circulate online of demonstrations breaking out throughout the region.

That may be why Arab leaders, even key U.S. allies, protested the move so strongly, knowing the president’s move won’t play well among their populations. Trump said he would send Vice President Mike Pence to the region in the coming days “to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations.”

“Everything about Jerusalem is symbolic, every square inch,” Wittes said. “We’ve seen this over and over again in Jerusalem, it’s very easy for one individual act to spin up a crisis that nobody intended.”

--With assistance from Saud Abu Ramadan and Kambiz Foroohar

To contact the reporters on this story: Nick Wadhams in Washington at nwadhams@bloomberg.net, Jonathan Ferziger in Tel Aviv at jferziger@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bill Faries at wfaries@bloomberg.net, Mike Dorning

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