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Jerusalem is Recognized by the US as the Capital of Israel

December 6, 2017

 

Just a few moments ago, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and is beginning the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Trump was careful to note that this move does not, in any way, indicate America's position on any final status negotiations. Those decisions, he says, are up to the Israelis and Palestinians.

It's hard to know how to react to this action. On the one hand - I certainly agree that the United States' embassy should be in Jerusalem and I have dreamt of the day when the international community would recognize what Israel has known since its founding - that Jerusalem is its eternal capital.

On the other hand, I worry about what this action will do to the prospects for long term peace in the region. I worry that our Palestinian neighbors will see this as a nail in the coffin of any meaningful negotiation for a two-state solution. And, of course, I worry that this action will lead to more violence and fear.

I don't have any answers for you today other than to share with you that I am holding both of these truths at the same time. I celebrate our courage to officially say, out loud, what we have believed for many years and I mourn for the potential destruction of what could be for our brothers, sisters and cousins in the middle east.

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