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A view of the Old City of Jerusalem seen from the Mount of Olives, Dec. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).

Trump Bought the Image of Jerusalem Israel Has Been Trying to Sell for 50 Years

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

It is fitting that one day before U.S. President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with 40 years of American policy, his State Department issued an order forbidding its staff and their families from traveling to Jerusalem’s Old City. It appears that before lighting the match, Trump did not want any of his own people near the powder keg when the fuse was lit.

At the moment, it is not certain how extensive the blowback will be. Regionally, anger will be tempered by regimes unwilling to allow the possibility of wide-scale demonstrations getting beyond their control, especially after what happened during the Arab Spring. And some argue that the Palestinian issue no longer holds the same appeal it once did across the Middle East. ...

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