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Restore Hope to Jerusalem

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14.05.2018

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem ostensibly merely recognizes an existing reality. The international community’s ongoing refusal to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a fossilized remnant of the partition resolution adopted by the United Nations on November 29, 1947, which accorded the city the status of a corpus separatum under international administration. On the level of principle, this is the correction of a historical anomaly.

The problem with the decision stems from its one-sidedness. It violates the international status quo in Israel’s favor while ignoring the Palestinians’ connection to Al-Quds, as they call Jerusalem.

Even though the United States has repeatedly declared that its decision says nothing about the capital’s final borders, the........

© Haaretz