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Restore Hope to Jerusalem

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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