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Nobody, Including Trump, Thinks the Issue of Jerusalem is "Solved"

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Submitted by Stuart (United States), Feb 6, 2018 at 07:45

I take issue with your statement: "This suggests Trump thinks recognition solved the knotty Jerusalem issue . . . Far from being 'off the table,' Trump's action made Jerusalem an unprecedented center of attention and contention."

Trump is always posturing. No way he thinks anything is "solved." His move on Jerusalem was intended to send the Palestinians a message. Jerusalem is still on the table as Trump made clear by saying that the final status is up to the parties. But now the Palestinians know there is more to lose by their intransigence.

And the comment about Israel's price is the same idea - to send a message - both parties need to negotiate in good faith. Nothing wrong with that.

It's all about making a deal. Keep the faith.

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I am just listening to what Trump says and reading what he writes. I am not interpreting it in fancy ways.

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