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There is no chance of Trump rescinding his declaration

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Submitted by Anon (Israel), Feb 6, 2018 at 20:15

Trump would never backtrack on something he took much pride in and struggled for. He does not agree to project weakness, and rescinding this declaration would do exactly that. There's no chance of that happening.

Trump's assertion that Jerusalem is now off the table is meant to nudge things in that direction and to show he stands with Israel on that issue. It's similar to when Sharon stated "Arafat is irrelevant". He wasn't but he became irrelevant in that Sharon wouldn't budge, wouldn't let him leave his compound and wouldn't meet any delegation which met with him. It's a statement not of fact but rather an assertion to help move reality.

I also believe Trump and Netanyahu have reached a basic understanding regarding any possible concessions, probably an understanding involving the Saudis as well. Trump's basic pro-Israel stance will not change.

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