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The benefit in moving the Embassy to Jerusalem.

Reader comment on item: Interview: U.S. Embassy Move May Bring Regrets

Submitted by Saul Stein (United States), Jun 15, 2018 at 10:26

What has always pleased me about moving the Embassy to Jerusalem, is that it gave us a chance to call the Palestinian's bluff, so to speak. Nothing in this action defines any boundaries or borders that future Israeli and Palestinian Governments may negotiate. Nothing prevents future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. All it does is certify that Israeli sovereignty over some part of what is currently called Jerusalem, will remain and that Jerusalem functions (which it has since 1949) as the Capital city of Israel.

By reacting with such hostility, both in words and in deeds, to the Embassy move, the Palestinians are just reaffirming (sadly) the notion that are still enamored with destroying Israel, not coexisting along side it. They easily could have made reservations to the timing of the move, etc, without promoting their opinions through violence. By reacting so violently, they are telling us that their leadership and most of their civilian population still view the "all or nothing" solution to the Conflict, which means Israel's destruction. In this scenario, there really isn't much need for negotiations. The current generation of Palestinian leaders and the general population just aren't reliable partners for Peace. This conflict will be resolved many years from now when Palestinian attitudes have changed, or after a catastrophic war that results in Palestinian surrender. For now, patience and perseverance are best.


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