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Jerusalem – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

Since Israels independence, clashes between Israelis and Palestinians over key territories in Jerusalem have been ongoing.

Jewish law forbids Jews from praying in the Temple Mount. Yet, Israeli forces allow hundreds of Jewish settlers to enter the area routinely, which some Palestinians fear could lead to an Israeli takeover.

In fact, one key event that led to the Second Palestinian Intifada (a Palestinian uprising against Israel) happened when Jewish leader Ariel Sharon, who would become Israels Prime Minister, visited Jerusalems Temple Mount in 2000.

In recent years, some Israeli groups have even announced a plan to construct a third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. This proposal has outraged Palestinians living in the region.

In addition, both Israelis and Palestinians have aimed to make the city their capitals.

In 1980, Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, but most of the international community doesnt recognize this distinction.

In May 2017, the Palestinian group Hamas presented a document that proposed the formation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. However, the group refused to recognize Israel as a state, and the Israeli government immediately rejected the idea.

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Jerusalem: The Biography: Simon Sebag Montefiore …

Jewish Book Council Book of the Year

“Spectacular. [Montefiore] really tells you what the life of the city has been like and why it meansso much. You fall in love with the city. It’s a treasure. It’s a wonderful book.” Bill Clinton, #1 Holiday Book Pick on the Today show

“Magnificent. . . Montefiore barely misses a trick or a character in taking us through the city’s story with compelling, breathless tension.” Wall Street Journal”Impossible to put down. . . . Vastly enjoyable.” New York Times Book Review “Apowerful achievement. . . . At once a scholarly record and an exuberantly written popular tour de force.” New York Review of Books “Magisterial. . . . As a writer, Montefiore has an elegant turn of phrase and an unerring ear for the anecdote that will cut to the heart of a story. . . . A joy to read.” The Economist

“Already a classic. Jerusalem is an extraordinary achievement, written with imagination and energy. . . . Simon Sebag Montefiore tells this modern story with clarity and admirable impartiality. . . . Read this book.” Financial Times”Montefiores towering biography of the city relates in fascinating, horrific and sometimes comical detail the wars to annexe its symbolic sanctity andthe daily lives of its inhabitants. This monument of scholarly research is also a compelling story: of human foibles, lust, bravery and chicanery.” The Times of London”Densely textured. . . . Montefiore embraces Jerusalems paradoxes in his chronological account, which seeks to avoid hindsight and disclaims a political agenda. He succeeds admirably in remaining evenhanded, a particularly notable achievement.”Los Angeles Times

“A memorable and distinguished history of a city where the truth is much less important than the myth. . . . Splendidly evoked.” Richmond Times-Dispatch”Magnificent. . . . A spectacular book for general readers. . . . This is a book about the ages, for the ages.” Wichita Eagle”Sweeping and absorbing. . . . Montefiore is a master of colorful and telling details and anecdotes. . . . His account is admirably dispassionate and balanced.” Washington Post Book World”In his stunningly comprehensive history, Simon Sebag Montefiore covers 3,000-plus years of the Earths most fiercely contested piece of geography. . . . Not only has Montefiore delivered a piece of superb scholarship, he has done so in an extremely easy-to-read style. The author tells the history of the complex relationships that existed between long-dead peoples in a manner that makes them seem human and understandable. . . . Meticulously researched.” The Newark Star-Ledger”Few historians have demonstrated the vision, mastery, and boldness necessary to publish on a subject so vast and in such detail as Montefiore. . . . A marvelous panorama.”Library JournalThis is an essential book for those who wish to understand a city that remains a nexus of world affairs. . . . Although his Jewish family has strong links to the city, Montefiore scrupulously sustains balance and objectivity. . . . Beautifully written, absorbing. Booklist (starred)A panoramic narrative of Jerusalem, organized chronologically and delivered with magisterial flair. Spanning eras from King David to modern Israel with rich anecdotes and vivid detail, this exceptional volume portrays the personalities and worldviews of the dynasties and families that shaped the city throughout its 3,000-year history. Publishers Weekly (starred)An essential text, bathed in blood, lit with faint hope. . . . The author sees Jerusalem not just as the setting for some of historys most savage violence but a microcosm of our world. . . . The story is horribly complex, and Montefiore struggles mightily to make everything clear as well as compelling. Kirkus Reviews (starred)Four thousand years of history absolutely romped througha masterwork. The Evening Standard (UK)Immensely readable. . . . Montefiore is that rarest of things: a historian who writes great, weighty tomes that read like the best thrillers. . . . [He] has a visceral understanding of what makes history worth reading. [Montefiore] manages to bring people who have been dead for two millennia alive again and make them breathe, and he has insight into the mind of psychopathic tyrants that makes you wish he were working for the U.S. secretary of state. Newsweek

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Where is Jerusalem | Location of Jerusalem in Israel Map

City NameJerusalem

ContinentAsia

CountryIsrael

StateJerusalem

Area48.3 sq miles (125.1 km2)

Population890,428 (2013)

Lat Long31.769916,35.213535

Official LanguageHebrew and Arabic

Calling CodeOverseas dialling: +972-2, Local dialling: 02

Time Zone (UTC+2) Summer (DST) (UTC+3)

AirportNA

Neighbour CountriesSyria, Jordan, Egypt

Internet TLDNA

CurrencyIsraeli sheqel (NIS)

Major AttractionsWestern Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount of Olives, Temple Mount, Tower of David, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Ecce Homo, Israel Museum, L. A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art, Wohl Rose Park, Four Sephardic Synagogues, Chapel of the Ascension

Major RiversJordan River

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Next Year in Jerusalem – WSJ

When Donald Trump made good this month on his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it changed almost nothing on the ground: The reality is that Jerusalem has been Israels capital for decades.

Likewise for the United Nations vote Thursday to condemn the U.S. for the move. It changes nothing, because the U.N. doesnt get to decide which capitals America recognizes and where it puts its embassies. But the resolution is a reminder of how deep anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment runs at Turtle…

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Instead, Mr. Trump emphasized the domestic political dimension of the decision. He noted that he had promised to move the embassy during the 2016 presidential campaign, and added, While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

Though he did not mention it, Mr. Trump signed the same national security waiver signed by his predecessors, from Barack Obama to George W. Bush to Bill Clinton, which will allow the administration to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months. White House officials said that was unavoidable because it would take several years to move the embassy staff to a new facility in Jerusalem.

There will of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement, the president said. He appealed for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate.

Mr. Trumps recognition of Jerusalem isolates the United States on one of the worlds most sensitive diplomatic issues. It has drawn a storm of criticism from Arab and European leaders, which swelled on Tuesday night after the White House confirmed Mr. Trumps plans.

Pope Francis and the Chinese foreign ministry joined the chorus of voices warning that the move could unleash a wave of violence across the region. At a meeting in Brussels, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was sternly reproached by European allies.

President Trump declared recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Heres why thats so fraught.

Standing next to Mr. Tillerson, the European Unions top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, made clear that Europe saw the presidents decision as a threat to peace in the Middle East.

We believe that any action that would undermine these efforts must absolutely be avoided, she said. A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as a future capital of both states.

Just hours before Mr. Trump made his announcement, Mr. Tillerson said that peace in the Middle East was still possible.

Mr. Tillerson, during a news conference at NATO headquarters in the heart of Europe, expressed reassurances about the expected consequences of the decision.

The presidents very committed to the Middle East peace process, Mr. Tillerson said.

Mr. Tillerson has been largely shut out of the usual back-and-forth between Israelis and Palestinians that many secretaries of state spent much of their tenures conducting. Instead, Mr. Trump entrusted that task to his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

At least one former Obama administration official also weighed in with sharp criticism. John O. Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said in a statement that Mr. Trumps action was reckless and would damage U.S. interests in the Middle East for years to come and will make the region more volatile.

Administration officials said they expected the blowback from the Palestinians and others, but they asserted that the move would accelerate, not hinder, the peace process.

Mr. Trumps promise to move the embassy appealed to evangelical voters and pro-Israel American Jews, including Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate. By delivering on that promise, Mr. Trumps aides said, he was enhancing his credibility as a peacemaker.

The announcement, officials said, was recognition of current and historic reality. West Jerusalem is the seat of Israels government, and recognizing it as such would remove ambiguity from the American position, they said.

Jerusalem is one of the worlds most fiercely contested swaths of real estate, with each side disputing the others claims. Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and most of the world considers it occupied territory. Jerusalems Old City has the third-holiest mosque in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism, making the citys status a sensitive issue for Muslims and Jews alike. Jerusalem is also sacred ground to Christians.

In addition to declining to take a position on the ultimate shape of Jerusalem, Mr. Trump called for the status quo on a disputed area of the Old City, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, which has been a flash point for tensions.

Mr. Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt, the presidents special envoy, have been working for months to prepare for a negotiation between Israelis and Palestinians. Though they have little to show for the effort publicly, they say they have made progress behind the scenes.

Those efforts, Middle East experts said, would be jeopardized by Wednesdays announcement. But Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, the presidents special envoy, supported the presidents move, officials said.

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“Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do,” Trump said from the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room.

“After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” he added.

Upending decades of foreign policy

Trump’s decision upended seven decades of US foreign policy that has resisted a recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.

“Today, I am delivering,” Trump said, referencing his campaign promise.

But Trump’s move on Wednesday signaled a willingness to prioritize the fulfillment of another campaign promise over warnings from US allies in the region. The decision could also stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge.

Acknowledging the concerns he fielded a day earlier from regional Arab leaders, Trump underscored his decision by reaffirming the United States’ commitment to helping Israelis and Palestinians reach a peace agreement. He also stressed that his announcement did not mark a shift in US policy on the final boundaries of future Israeli and Palestinian states.

“We are not taking a position on any of the final status issues including the final boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem,” Trump said. “Those questions are up to the parties involved. The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides.”

Trump’s announcement was warmly received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who seized on the opportunity to call on other countries to join the US in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The President’s decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned and rejected Trump’s decision. Speaking in a televised address, the Palestinian leader said the move will aid extremist organizations to wage holy wars.

“These procedures do also help in the extremist organizations to wage a religious war that would harm the entire region which is going through critical moments and would lead us into wars that will never end which we have warned about and always urged to fight against,” he said.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Trump’s decision “disqualified the United States of America to play any role in any peace process.”

“President Trump just destroyed any policy of a two-state (solution),” Erakat said in a statement. “He has taken an action to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is in total contradiction of agreements signed between Palestinians and Israelis.”

Regional ramifications

The ramifications of Trump’s decision reverberated immediately through Israel, the West Bank and the Middle East, though senior administration officials have acknowledged it will take years for the US to build the new embassy in Jerusalem.

Trump ordered the State Department Wednesday “to begin preparations to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” noting his directive would allow the State Department to begin hiring architects and building contractors to build an embassy he said will be “a magnificent tribute to peace.”

While Trump underscored his announcement with an emphasis on US commitment to a peace deal, the move appeared to signal a reduced commitment on the President’s part to achieving one. Just two months earlier, Trump said he was delaying a decision on moving the embassy to Jerusalem to give peace “a shot.”

“I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” Trump had said in an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in October, one of Trump’s evangelical conservative supporters.

And Trump appeared to acknowledge Wednesday that little progress has been made in his administration’s push for peace, as Trump said “we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians” than two decades earlier.

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“We were told that this is definitely coming, and we need to be ready for it,” one official said.

President Donald Trump could announce as early as Tuesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US officials with direct knowledge of the matter and foreign diplomats have told CNN. Upon making the decision public, Trump is expected to sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months, but say his administration will move the diplomatic mission to Jerusalem at some point a goal long sought by Israel.

The Diplomatic Security Service, which is charged with protecting US posts and personnel overseas, was already bracing for possible protests after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday. Officials feared a reprise of the violent protests at US embassies in the Middle East that erupted in September 2012 following the publication of an anti-Muslim video on the internet. Embassies in that region were already on high security alert.

A White House official confirmed that the White House was alerted to those concerns by the State Department.

“It didn’t manifest in anything actionable, but it was a big concern,” one State Department official said about the President’s retweets of the videos. “We saw in Cairo and other places that simply posting something on the internet, even if nothing was intended by it, could have real consequences.”

Although no incidents were reported this week over the videos Trump retweeted, one senior official said the situation served as a useful exercise in planning for the Jerusalem embassy announcement.

“If there were protests, that would give us a good idea of where it was going to get hot and where we needed to take additional measures,” the official said.

The officials said planning was solely limited to how to react for possible protests after the announcement and did not include any preparations for protecting any new or existing US facilities in Jerusalem. In the event the embassy does move to Jerusalem, the Diplomatic Security Service would be involved in securing the facility and its personnel.

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With another deadline looming next Monday, Mr. Trump is expected to sign an order keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. But he will couple that with a statement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital something that no president, Republican or Democrat, has done since the state of Israel was established in 1948.

Given the extreme sensitivities surrounding Jerusalem, Middle East experts said Mr. Trumps plan was fraught with risk. Even after extensive consultations with Arab leaders, which the White House has not done, such a move could provoke volatile reactions.

The devil is in the details of what they announce, said Martin S. Indyk, who served as American ambassador to Israel under President Bill Clinton. If this is not framed properly, far from resolving this issue, it will land the administration in even hotter water.

Among the questions, Mr. Indyk said, are whether Mr. Trump will restrict recognition to West Jerusalem, whether he will mention Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem and how he will deal with Jerusalems status as a holy city a factor that could determine whether Saudi Arabia supports or abandons his peace project.

News of Mr. Trumps decision came amid fresh disclosures about how, even before he took office, he worked closely with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scuttle a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israels settlement policy subverting then-President Barack Obama, who had decided to allow a vote to go ahead.

Documents filed in connection with the guilty plea of Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trumps former national security adviser, revealed that on Dec. 22, 2016, a very senior member of Mr. Trumps transition team instructed Mr. Flynn to contact foreign officials, including from Russia, to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution.

Lawyers identified the senior transition official as Mr. Kushner. Russia rebuffed Mr. Flynns request and voted for the resolution, which passed after the United States abstained.

Mr. Trump has kept up his close relations with Mr. Netanyahu, though that may be tested if, as expected, the White House tries to jump-start peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians early next year.

While Mr. Netanyahu supports the decision to move the American Embassy, Israeli officials have not pushed the issue in recent months. Other leaders in the region, like King Abdullah II of Jordan, remain deeply opposed to it.

But Mr. Trump was under immense pressure from pro-Israel and evangelical supporters and is likely to repeat past assertions that it is not a matter of if, but when, the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem. He is also being pressed to declare that next weeks waiver will be his last effectively promising to devise a plan by mid-2018 to begin relocating the embassy.

Declaring Jerusalem to be Israels capital would not itself mark a change in American law. In 1995, Mr. Clinton signed a statute declaring, Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel. But administrations have been allowed to decide, as a matter of policy, whether to recognize it as the capital, and none have done so.

That law requires the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, unless the president issues a waiver finding that doing so would be against national security interests of the United States. American presidents have done so every six months since then to avoid prejudging the outcome of and therefore hampering an eventual resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump vowed to change course. At the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016, he said he would move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.

But he signed a waiver on June 1, and officials said Mr. Adelson was among the supporters who were deeply disappointed by the presidents decision.

Among those pressing hardest for moving the embassy, said people close to the deliberations, was Vice President Mike Pence, who has been a conduit for Mr. Trump to religious conservatives. In a speech in New York on Tuesday, he said Mr. Trump was actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In the short run, the decision could complicate plans for Mr. Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt, Mr. Trumps special envoy, to restart peace negotiations. Palestinian officials have warned that Mr. Trump is playing with fire.

If youre trying to be creative by saying were recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, youd better qualify it, said Dennis B. Ross, a longtime Middle East peace negotiator. If you dont qualify it, that means youve just accepted the Israeli position on the final status of Jerusalem, which means youve lost the Arabs.

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Jerusalem – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

Since Israels independence, clashes between Israelis and Palestinians over key territories in Jerusalem have been ongoing. Jewish law forbids Jews from praying in the Temple Mount. Yet, Israeli forces allow hundreds of Jewish settlers to enter the area routinely, which some Palestinians fear could lead to an Israeli takeover. In fact, one key event that led to the Second Palestinian Intifada (a Palestinian uprising against Israel) happened when Jewish leader Ariel Sharon, who would become Israels Prime Minister, visited Jerusalems Temple Mount in 2000. In recent years, some Israeli groups have even announced a plan to construct a third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. This proposal has outraged Palestinians living in the region. In addition, both Israelis and Palestinians have aimed to make the city their capitals. In 1980, Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, but most of the international community doesnt recognize this distinction. In May 2017, the Palestinian group Hamas presented a document that proposed the formation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. However, the group refused to recognize Israel as a state, and the Israeli government immediately rejected the idea.

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Jerusalem: The Biography: Simon Sebag Montefiore …

Jewish Book Council Book of the Year “Spectacular. [Montefiore] really tells you what the life of the city has been like and why it meansso much. You fall in love with the city. It’s a treasure. It’s a wonderful book.” Bill Clinton, #1 Holiday Book Pick on the Today show “Magnificent. . . Montefiore barely misses a trick or a character in taking us through the city’s story with compelling, breathless tension.” Wall Street Journal”Impossible to put down. . . . Vastly enjoyable.” New York Times Book Review “Apowerful achievement. . . . At once a scholarly record and an exuberantly written popular tour de force.” New York Review of Books “Magisterial. . . . As a writer, Montefiore has an elegant turn of phrase and an unerring ear for the anecdote that will cut to the heart of a story. . . . A joy to read.” The Economist “Already a classic. Jerusalem is an extraordinary achievement, written with imagination and energy. . . . Simon Sebag Montefiore tells this modern story with clarity and admirable impartiality. . . . Read this book.” Financial Times”Montefiores towering biography of the city relates in fascinating, horrific and sometimes comical detail the wars to annexe its symbolic sanctity andthe daily lives of its inhabitants. This monument of scholarly research is also a compelling story: of human foibles, lust, bravery and chicanery.” The Times of London”Densely textured. . . . Montefiore embraces Jerusalems paradoxes in his chronological account, which seeks to avoid hindsight and disclaims a political agenda. He succeeds admirably in remaining evenhanded, a particularly notable achievement.”Los Angeles Times “A memorable and distinguished history of a city where the truth is much less important than the myth. . . . Splendidly evoked.” Richmond Times-Dispatch”Magnificent. . . . A spectacular book for general readers. . . . This is a book about the ages, for the ages.” Wichita Eagle”Sweeping and absorbing. . . . Montefiore is a master of colorful and telling details and anecdotes. . . . His account is admirably dispassionate and balanced.” Washington Post Book World”In his stunningly comprehensive history, Simon Sebag Montefiore covers 3,000-plus years of the Earths most fiercely contested piece of geography. . . . Not only has Montefiore delivered a piece of superb scholarship, he has done so in an extremely easy-to-read style. The author tells the history of the complex relationships that existed between long-dead peoples in a manner that makes them seem human and understandable. . . . Meticulously researched.” The Newark Star-Ledger”Few historians have demonstrated the vision, mastery, and boldness necessary to publish on a subject so vast and in such detail as Montefiore. . . . A marvelous panorama.”Library JournalThis is an essential book for those who wish to understand a city that remains a nexus of world affairs. . . . Although his Jewish family has strong links to the city, Montefiore scrupulously sustains balance and objectivity. . . . Beautifully written, absorbing. Booklist (starred)A panoramic narrative of Jerusalem, organized chronologically and delivered with magisterial flair. Spanning eras from King David to modern Israel with rich anecdotes and vivid detail, this exceptional volume portrays the personalities and worldviews of the dynasties and families that shaped the city throughout its 3,000-year history. Publishers Weekly (starred)An essential text, bathed in blood, lit with faint hope. . . . The author sees Jerusalem not just as the setting for some of historys most savage violence but a microcosm of our world. . . . The story is horribly complex, and Montefiore struggles mightily to make everything clear as well as compelling. Kirkus Reviews (starred)Four thousand years of history absolutely romped througha masterwork. The Evening Standard (UK)Immensely readable. . . . Montefiore is that rarest of things: a historian who writes great, weighty tomes that read like the best thrillers. . . . [He] has a visceral understanding of what makes history worth reading. [Montefiore] manages to bring people who have been dead for two millennia alive again and make them breathe, and he has insight into the mind of psychopathic tyrants that makes you wish he were working for the U.S. secretary of state. Newsweek

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Where is Jerusalem | Location of Jerusalem in Israel Map

City NameJerusalem ContinentAsia CountryIsrael StateJerusalem Area48.3 sq miles (125.1 km2) Population890,428 (2013) Lat Long31.769916,35.213535 Official LanguageHebrew and Arabic Calling CodeOverseas dialling: +972-2, Local dialling: 02 Time Zone (UTC+2) Summer (DST) (UTC+3) AirportNA Neighbour CountriesSyria, Jordan, Egypt Internet TLDNA CurrencyIsraeli sheqel (NIS) Major AttractionsWestern Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount of Olives, Temple Mount, Tower of David, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Ecce Homo, Israel Museum, L. A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art, Wohl Rose Park, Four Sephardic Synagogues, Chapel of the Ascension Major RiversJordan River

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Next Year in Jerusalem – WSJ

When Donald Trump made good this month on his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it changed almost nothing on the ground: The reality is that Jerusalem has been Israels capital for decades. Likewise for the United Nations vote Thursday to condemn the U.S. for the move. It changes nothing, because the U.N. doesnt get to decide which capitals America recognizes and where it puts its embassies. But the resolution is a reminder of how deep anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment runs at Turtle…

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UN General Assembly votes to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem …

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Instead, Mr. Trump emphasized the domestic political dimension of the decision. He noted that he had promised to move the embassy during the 2016 presidential campaign, and added, While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering. Though he did not mention it, Mr. Trump signed the same national security waiver signed by his predecessors, from Barack Obama to George W. Bush to Bill Clinton, which will allow the administration to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months. White House officials said that was unavoidable because it would take several years to move the embassy staff to a new facility in Jerusalem. There will of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement, the president said. He appealed for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. Mr. Trumps recognition of Jerusalem isolates the United States on one of the worlds most sensitive diplomatic issues. It has drawn a storm of criticism from Arab and European leaders, which swelled on Tuesday night after the White House confirmed Mr. Trumps plans. Pope Francis and the Chinese foreign ministry joined the chorus of voices warning that the move could unleash a wave of violence across the region. At a meeting in Brussels, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was sternly reproached by European allies. President Trump declared recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Heres why thats so fraught. Standing next to Mr. Tillerson, the European Unions top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, made clear that Europe saw the presidents decision as a threat to peace in the Middle East. We believe that any action that would undermine these efforts must absolutely be avoided, she said. A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as a future capital of both states. Just hours before Mr. Trump made his announcement, Mr. Tillerson said that peace in the Middle East was still possible. Mr. Tillerson, during a news conference at NATO headquarters in the heart of Europe, expressed reassurances about the expected consequences of the decision. The presidents very committed to the Middle East peace process, Mr. Tillerson said. Mr. Tillerson has been largely shut out of the usual back-and-forth between Israelis and Palestinians that many secretaries of state spent much of their tenures conducting. Instead, Mr. Trump entrusted that task to his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. At least one former Obama administration official also weighed in with sharp criticism. John O. Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said in a statement that Mr. Trumps action was reckless and would damage U.S. interests in the Middle East for years to come and will make the region more volatile. Administration officials said they expected the blowback from the Palestinians and others, but they asserted that the move would accelerate, not hinder, the peace process. Mr. Trumps promise to move the embassy appealed to evangelical voters and pro-Israel American Jews, including Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate. By delivering on that promise, Mr. Trumps aides said, he was enhancing his credibility as a peacemaker. The announcement, officials said, was recognition of current and historic reality. West Jerusalem is the seat of Israels government, and recognizing it as such would remove ambiguity from the American position, they said. Jerusalem is one of the worlds most fiercely contested swaths of real estate, with each side disputing the others claims. Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and most of the world considers it occupied territory. Jerusalems Old City has the third-holiest mosque in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism, making the citys status a sensitive issue for Muslims and Jews alike. Jerusalem is also sacred ground to Christians. In addition to declining to take a position on the ultimate shape of Jerusalem, Mr. Trump called for the status quo on a disputed area of the Old City, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, which has been a flash point for tensions. Mr. Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt, the presidents special envoy, have been working for months to prepare for a negotiation between Israelis and Palestinians. Though they have little to show for the effort publicly, they say they have made progress behind the scenes. Those efforts, Middle East experts said, would be jeopardized by Wednesdays announcement. But Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, the presidents special envoy, supported the presidents move, officials said.

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Story highlights “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do,” Trump said from the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room. “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” he added. Upending decades of foreign policy Trump’s decision upended seven decades of US foreign policy that has resisted a recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved. “Today, I am delivering,” Trump said, referencing his campaign promise. But Trump’s move on Wednesday signaled a willingness to prioritize the fulfillment of another campaign promise over warnings from US allies in the region. The decision could also stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge. Acknowledging the concerns he fielded a day earlier from regional Arab leaders, Trump underscored his decision by reaffirming the United States’ commitment to helping Israelis and Palestinians reach a peace agreement. He also stressed that his announcement did not mark a shift in US policy on the final boundaries of future Israeli and Palestinian states. “We are not taking a position on any of the final status issues including the final boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem,” Trump said. “Those questions are up to the parties involved. The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides.” Trump’s announcement was warmly received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who seized on the opportunity to call on other countries to join the US in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “The President’s decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned and rejected Trump’s decision. Speaking in a televised address, the Palestinian leader said the move will aid extremist organizations to wage holy wars. “These procedures do also help in the extremist organizations to wage a religious war that would harm the entire region which is going through critical moments and would lead us into wars that will never end which we have warned about and always urged to fight against,” he said. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Trump’s decision “disqualified the United States of America to play any role in any peace process.” “President Trump just destroyed any policy of a two-state (solution),” Erakat said in a statement. “He has taken an action to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is in total contradiction of agreements signed between Palestinians and Israelis.” Regional ramifications The ramifications of Trump’s decision reverberated immediately through Israel, the West Bank and the Middle East, though senior administration officials have acknowledged it will take years for the US to build the new embassy in Jerusalem. Trump ordered the State Department Wednesday “to begin preparations to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” noting his directive would allow the State Department to begin hiring architects and building contractors to build an embassy he said will be “a magnificent tribute to peace.” While Trump underscored his announcement with an emphasis on US commitment to a peace deal, the move appeared to signal a reduced commitment on the President’s part to achieving one. Just two months earlier, Trump said he was delaying a decision on moving the embassy to Jerusalem to give peace “a shot.” “I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” Trump had said in an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in October, one of Trump’s evangelical conservative supporters. And Trump appeared to acknowledge Wednesday that little progress has been made in his administration’s push for peace, as Trump said “we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians” than two decades earlier. Advisers divided

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“We were told that this is definitely coming, and we need to be ready for it,” one official said. President Donald Trump could announce as early as Tuesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US officials with direct knowledge of the matter and foreign diplomats have told CNN. Upon making the decision public, Trump is expected to sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months, but say his administration will move the diplomatic mission to Jerusalem at some point a goal long sought by Israel. The Diplomatic Security Service, which is charged with protecting US posts and personnel overseas, was already bracing for possible protests after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday. Officials feared a reprise of the violent protests at US embassies in the Middle East that erupted in September 2012 following the publication of an anti-Muslim video on the internet. Embassies in that region were already on high security alert. A White House official confirmed that the White House was alerted to those concerns by the State Department. “It didn’t manifest in anything actionable, but it was a big concern,” one State Department official said about the President’s retweets of the videos. “We saw in Cairo and other places that simply posting something on the internet, even if nothing was intended by it, could have real consequences.” Although no incidents were reported this week over the videos Trump retweeted, one senior official said the situation served as a useful exercise in planning for the Jerusalem embassy announcement. “If there were protests, that would give us a good idea of where it was going to get hot and where we needed to take additional measures,” the official said. The officials said planning was solely limited to how to react for possible protests after the announcement and did not include any preparations for protecting any new or existing US facilities in Jerusalem. In the event the embassy does move to Jerusalem, the Diplomatic Security Service would be involved in securing the facility and its personnel.

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Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv, but Recognize Jerusalem as …

With another deadline looming next Monday, Mr. Trump is expected to sign an order keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. But he will couple that with a statement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital something that no president, Republican or Democrat, has done since the state of Israel was established in 1948. Given the extreme sensitivities surrounding Jerusalem, Middle East experts said Mr. Trumps plan was fraught with risk. Even after extensive consultations with Arab leaders, which the White House has not done, such a move could provoke volatile reactions. The devil is in the details of what they announce, said Martin S. Indyk, who served as American ambassador to Israel under President Bill Clinton. If this is not framed properly, far from resolving this issue, it will land the administration in even hotter water. Among the questions, Mr. Indyk said, are whether Mr. Trump will restrict recognition to West Jerusalem, whether he will mention Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem and how he will deal with Jerusalems status as a holy city a factor that could determine whether Saudi Arabia supports or abandons his peace project. News of Mr. Trumps decision came amid fresh disclosures about how, even before he took office, he worked closely with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scuttle a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israels settlement policy subverting then-President Barack Obama, who had decided to allow a vote to go ahead. Documents filed in connection with the guilty plea of Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trumps former national security adviser, revealed that on Dec. 22, 2016, a very senior member of Mr. Trumps transition team instructed Mr. Flynn to contact foreign officials, including from Russia, to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution. Lawyers identified the senior transition official as Mr. Kushner. Russia rebuffed Mr. Flynns request and voted for the resolution, which passed after the United States abstained. Mr. Trump has kept up his close relations with Mr. Netanyahu, though that may be tested if, as expected, the White House tries to jump-start peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians early next year. While Mr. Netanyahu supports the decision to move the American Embassy, Israeli officials have not pushed the issue in recent months. Other leaders in the region, like King Abdullah II of Jordan, remain deeply opposed to it. But Mr. Trump was under immense pressure from pro-Israel and evangelical supporters and is likely to repeat past assertions that it is not a matter of if, but when, the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem. He is also being pressed to declare that next weeks waiver will be his last effectively promising to devise a plan by mid-2018 to begin relocating the embassy. Declaring Jerusalem to be Israels capital would not itself mark a change in American law. In 1995, Mr. Clinton signed a statute declaring, Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel. But administrations have been allowed to decide, as a matter of policy, whether to recognize it as the capital, and none have done so. That law requires the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, unless the president issues a waiver finding that doing so would be against national security interests of the United States. American presidents have done so every six months since then to avoid prejudging the outcome of and therefore hampering an eventual resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump vowed to change course. At the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016, he said he would move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem. But he signed a waiver on June 1, and officials said Mr. Adelson was among the supporters who were deeply disappointed by the presidents decision. Among those pressing hardest for moving the embassy, said people close to the deliberations, was Vice President Mike Pence, who has been a conduit for Mr. Trump to religious conservatives. In a speech in New York on Tuesday, he said Mr. Trump was actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the short run, the decision could complicate plans for Mr. Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt, Mr. Trumps special envoy, to restart peace negotiations. Palestinian officials have warned that Mr. Trump is playing with fire. If youre trying to be creative by saying were recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, youd better qualify it, said Dennis B. Ross, a longtime Middle East peace negotiator. If you dont qualify it, that means youve just accepted the Israeli position on the final status of Jerusalem, which means youve lost the Arabs.

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December 2, 2017   Posted in: Jerusalem  Comments Closed


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