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Trump’s Jerusalem move escalates polarization

21 6 11
07.12.2017

There is no need to delay moving the U.S. embassy, now that President Donald Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Indeed, construction and moving works will take some time anyway. It is better to start early.

But Trump’s recognition, which has shaken world politics, has already become yet another source of friction and polarization on the global level.

Should the world be surprised, given that the move was one of Trump’s election promises? Is it a coincidence that Trump reiterated his Jerusalem vow on the same day as he fulfilled a major pledge to reduce corporate taxes in the Senate on Dec. 2? No, it is not. But all U.S. presidents from the mid-1990s onwards have promised to recognize Jerusalem, and all of them have postponed implementation due to domestic security concerns. It is likely that previous presidents feared a terrorist backlash.

It is unclear whether Trump made the decision believing that no additional threat to U.S. domestic security would be incurred. Or perhaps........

© Hürriyet Daily News