Trump considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that carries risks to U.S.

A Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank protests against Donald Trump's call for the U.S. to relocate its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, on January 20.
A Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank protests against Donald Trump’s call for the U.S. to relocate its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, on January 20.

The Trump administration is seriously considering recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in early December, even as President Donald Trump signs a waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months, sources tell CNN.

Two senior administration officials and allies close to the US tell CNN that Trump is in the final stages of a decision to announce the recognition and whether to move the US embassy to Jerusalem when he signs the waiver on Monday.
Though debate on the issue continues within the administration, officials from countries closely allied to the US say a plan under consideration would have Trump announce he is signing the waiver for the last time, so that his administration has time to plan the transition of its diplomatic mission.
Trump is personally involved in the discussions, and both he and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman back the plan to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, these sources say. One plan under serious consideration is to have Friedman work in Jerusalem after the announcement, while the embassy remains in Tel Aviv, a plan initially floated when Friedman was nominated.
The sources tell CNN that Trump hasn’t yet decided whether the announcement will specify that West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, as opposed to the eastern part of the city, which Palestinians want to claim as their own seat of government.
There is also discussion within the administration about including some element that lessens the blow for Palestinians, such as an announcement that through future negotiations, East Jerusalem could become the the Palestinian capital.
That geographical nuance could be crucial, analysts say, and perhaps ease some of the diplomatic and regional security concerns that this decision could create.
While Israel claims Jerusalem as its seat of government, no foreign embassies are located there, as the international community sees it as an issue to be settled as part of a broader peace agreement. Israel captured Jerusalem from Jordan during the 1967 war.
Formal US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would set the US apart from all its allies. Recognition would likely anger Palestinians and disrupt administration attempts to forge a peace agreement, which Trump has called “the ultimate deal” and which are being led by his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.
Such recognition also could raise deep security concerns for US embassies and businesses across the Middle East and beyond. Jerusalem is home to the third holiest site in Islam and has deep resonance for Muslims all over the world, who might react to an announcement with anger and protests.
“How it’s said will be hugely important,” David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said of such an announcement. “If you talk about all of Jerusalem, it will doom American peace efforts and there will be violence.”
Even if the administration tries to soften the announcement by differentiating between west and east Jerusalem, Makovsky points to the central and very emotional importance the holy city holds for Jews and Muslims. He and other analysts say the concern is that the decision will anger Palestinians and Muslims so deeply that attempted distinctions between east and west will get lost.
“Will nuance go over, both on the Trump side and on the Arab side? I don’t know,” Makovsky said. “I can’t speak to that. It could be the emotional dimension of Jerusalem will even overtake talk of ‘west Jerusalem.’ “
Ilan Goldenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, says that means a risk of widespread protests across the Middle East, with the obvious targets being US diplomatic compounds. “You could especially see the targeting of American diplomatic facilities and protests,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence could experience that potential turmoil, as he is set to travel to Israel and Egypt in late December to discuss security concerns, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Speaking Tuesday in New York, Pence said Trump is “actively considering when and how” to make good on his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
Pence was speaking at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN vote that led to the creation of Israel.
Beyond the specific risks to US embassies, consulates and businesses, there are regional implications to Trump’s campaign trail promise.
Jordan, a crucial US ally that Israel sees as a reliable buffer between it and the rest of the Arab world, has a population that is 70% Palestinian. King Abdullah is the custodian of the holy Muslim sites in Jerusalem. “With the large Palestinian population, you could see major protests and destabilization there,” Goldberg said.
A Trump announcement about a move could undo another aspect of the administration’s plans for a peace deal: hopes that any agreement will include a formal warming of ties between Israel and Persian Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Those nations might have shared security goals, but public sentiment about Jerusalem could make it impossible for Arab leaders to make public overtures to Israel as part of any Trump peace plan, analysts say.
Despite these obstacles, the conversation about how to make good on Trump’s campaign promise continues at the highest levels. US allies say they continue to hear different iterations of the decision, which was first reported by the Jerusalem Post.
They say those differences might reflect a policy fight within the White House about how to execute the plan, but they could also be driven by the recognition of how difficult this move could be, and how it could complicate the administration’s own ambitions.
“I do not understand the timing,” said a senior diplomat from a US ally.
CNN
  • Niemals

    TRUMP is twittering to much.

    The Trump announcement about a move, is just one of his many announcements.

    It is expected that Trump will sign the decree due this time, and the embassy’s move will not take place in the next six months.
    I will believe it when it will happen…

  • Niemals

    On Wednesday, Abbas’s Fatah and Hamas agreed to delay the final transfer of power of Gaza from Hamas to the Western-backed Palestinian government by 10 days to Dec. 10 to allow time to complete arrangements, officials said.

    In the meantime Israeli tanks and aircraft struck militant positions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday soon after Palestinian militants fired mortar shells at an Israeli military post close to the territory, the Israeli army said.

    Furthermore it is expected that Trump will sign a decree to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a normal day in the Middle East…

  • Rainbow Sponge

    Jerusalem was always Israel’s capital. This is just formality.

    • Hind Abyad

      “There is no town as Biblical as Jerusalem, but it was neither built nor named by the Israelites. Remnants of a Canaanite town called Salem date back to the early bronze age, and the first Biblical mention of this place is in Genesis 14:18, where Abraham and Melchizedek meet. The name Jerusalem occurs first in Joshua 10:1 and the city of Jerusalem was conquered, sacked and apparently abandoned by Israel (Judges 1:8). Still, it remained occupied by Jebusites and it was originally located in the territory of not Judah but Benjamin (Judges 1:21). Four hundred years later David conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites, annexed it and made it his capital (2 Samuel 5:6).”

      • Rainbow Sponge

        Since 1948. Not interested in ancient history.

        • Hind Abyad

          Israel claims Jerusalem from ancient History. Dany Nohra.
          I know you’re an illiterate Zionist coward.

          • Rainbow Sponge

            “Israel claims Jerusalem from ancient History”

            I bet you even remember it xoxo

          • Hannibal

            “Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”

          • Rainbow Sponge

            Wonderful.

          • Hind Abyad

            Indeed..

          • Hind Abyad

            I do remember your vulgar Salafi friend..O Barabie. Xoxo

            “O – man-o-war • 2 years ago
            Sweetie, who are you trying to fool?
            Your barking is there in black and white. Xoxo”
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09863a45c4e51daa4a55f96f91e49ea30bf627d2b842b0621650687c356fd5f8.jpg
            Look at the femur big bone.

        • Hannibal

          But you often are when it suits your agenda 😉

          • Rainbow Sponge

            I ain’t got any agenda. I’m just stating that that’s where their seat of government is based and it makes better sense for American diplomats to work from there.

  • Rudy1947

    Wednesday, we will see if it happens. Hoping it will be declared.

    • Rascal

      That would also mean more military presence.
      You would almost think, in a sane world, some countries would just back-off and stop asking to be bombed?

      • Hind Abyad

        What? “asking to be bombed”..
        Blackmail and corruption are Israel’s name. Lame trolls

    • Hind Abyad

      ‘Arab League warns that US recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital
      would ‘fuel extremism’
      By Max Greenwood- 12/02/17 07:04 pm east

      “While Israel considers Jerusalem its official capital, the international
      community does not recognize Israel’s claim to the city and maintains
      that Tel Aviv is its official capital.”

      Zionist extremism created Islamic extremism at the expense of Christians
      lives and lands.

    • Hannibal

      Jesus said (Luke 13:34–35): “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”.

      • Rudy1947

        zzzzzzz

        • Hannibal

          Say a prayer before you zzzzzzzz kneel and repent for He will cometh and castrate thee soon inchalah.

        • Hind Abyad

          zzzzzz

  • Hind Abyad

    “Coat Bomb and Explosive Prosthesis:
    In a stark new light: Terrorism, not the Soviet Union, was the main threat”
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.826218
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93a2c1f065f4629a024e30d836ce565bb6fad59c397031eec7fe21bbd8d09f03.jpg

    • Rascal

      You are still stuck in the past Hind. You need to get up to speed. None of this antique news and anti-Jew propaganda does you any service other than presenting you as a hate-monger. Is that the image you where going after?
      This is a poor example of your demonizing of Jews, I have seem much better works from you in the past. Next time try to stay in the nearest decade.

      • Niemals

        She heard the truth from you and I can only join too to your comment.
        I can not comment to Hind directly…. ????

        • Hannibal

          Do not let the door hit you in the back as you exit hopefully for good.

          • Y K

            Don’t pretend you’ve graduated to a full doorman position, pal. Janitors don’t watch over doors – they are supposed to keep the floors clean. Not that I would entrust you with that. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            Your mom keeps my bed clean son, that’s all that matters 😉

      • Hind Abyad

        No Ratscal it’s the present.

      • Hind Abyad

        “UK opens secret files about ‘Jewish terrorists’ in 1940s”
        By GREGORY KATZ

        “LONDON (AP) — The call to British military security forces came early in the morning, shortly after 1 a.m., and could not be ignored. The informant’s message was alarming: Assassins planned to kill
        the commander of British forces in Palestine the following morning; evasive action was needed.

        The source didn’t know the details of the plan, but warned that Gen. Evelyn Barker would be attacked on the brief journey between his home in Jerusalem and his office at British headquarters. The assailants were militant Jews from the Stern Gang, determined to drive the British from the land in their bid for Jewish sovereignty.”
        https://apnews.com/6520359e2655475e93d4b6bf220ed042/uk-opens-secret-files-about-jewish-terrorists-1940s

      • Hind Abyad

        Not Jews. Zionists..”steadily growing”.What a prophecy.
        The Middle East destroyed for Greater Israel, Zio want Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Zio owns US, Canada, UK, France, the EU.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/298908ab6e74cc5bee097fdee664eea80f43875732dd79bd882e1894dddd1add.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8b19a0d8ec29853d0cb8b01c1c3b86c78713d5824f109aa69a7bb9a852f75f0.jpg

      • Rainbow Sponge

        Ignore her, she’s just butthurt over the embassy thing.

        • Y K

          She’s always butthurt over something. Maybe she (it?) is a 50plus man with an itchy prostate? 🙂

          • Rainbow Sponge

            Legend has it that her private parts are locked with a secret code, gotta dial 514 every time it gets itchy down there.

          • Hind Abyad

            Mossad worst than SS.
            “When I was fighting in Lebanon, I witnessed the aftermath of a family feud. The patriarch’s head had been split open, his brain on the floor. Around him lay his wife and some of his children. All dead. Before I could do anything, one of the murderers scooped up a handful of brain and swallowed it. This is how you will all now operate. Otherwise someone will eat your brain.”

            His every word held them in thrall – even if they sent a shudder through some of his listeners, hardened as they were.

            In the canteen were those who had killed many times already. Killing enemies who could not be brought to trial because they were hidden deep inside Israel’s Arab neighbours.

            Only Mossad could find and kill them. Rafi Eitan, the legendary former Operations Chief of Mossad told me when we sat together in his living room in a north Tel Aviv suburb:

            “I always tried to kill when I could see the whites of a person’s eyes. So I could see the fear. Smell it on his breath. Sometimes I used my hands. A knife, or a silenced gun. I never felt a moment’s regret over a killing.”

            Meir Amit, when he had been director of Mossad, later insisted “we are like the official hangman or the doctor on Death Row who administers the lethal injection. Our actions are all endorsed by the State of Israel. When Mossad kills it is not breaking the law. It is fulfilling a sentence sanctioned by the prime minister of the day”.

          • Rudy1947

            And when did this take place?

          • Hind Abyad

            It’s taking place all over the world.
            Born to kill ..the sadistic serial killers.
            The killing machine of the State of Israel.

            “(..) Only Mossad could find and kill them. Rafi Eitan, the legendary former Operations Chief of Mossad told me when we sat together
            in his living room in a north Tel Aviv suburb:

            “I always tried to kill when I could see the whites of a person’s eyes
            So I could see the fear. Smell it on his breath. Sometimes I used my hands. A knife, or a silenced gun. I never felt a moment’s regret over
            a killing.”

            Meir Amit, when he had been director of Mossad, later insisted
            “we are like the official hangman or the doctor on Death Row who administers the lethal injection. Our actions are all endorsed by the State of Israel. When Mossad kills it is not breaking the law.
            It is fulfilling a sentence sanctioned by the prime minister of the day”.

  • Hannibal

    Trump will declare East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.

    • Rainbow Sponge

      And what if he declares all of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, you gonna cry?

      • Y K

        He’s always welcome to climb on top of the building he’s in charge of, and jump. Janitors usually have the keys to the roof. 🙂

        • Hannibal

          You must be a nice person inside and out. At least give me a parachute. Do you belong to the zion cult of death? I thought Judaism toasts with l’chayim… What is wrong with you? Do not answer that, we all know 😉 a lot of things 😀

          • Y K

            Judaism is way too strict for me, pal, they got like 613 commandments! I prefer LaVeyan Satanism. As to the parachute, God helps those who help themselves. Especially the Lebanese should figure out the meaning of that! 🙂

      • Hannibal

        First he won’t… Here is why:
        The Arabs, mostly KSA, just signed billions in dollars deals with him so they make the US money whereas Israhell costs the US and the tax payers billions. So go figure the Arabs are indirectly financing Israel.
        That being said, I have no bone in the fight. So it does not matter to me. However, if that would pass both Arabs and Israelis WILL CRY. Have fun. When you become a refugee, know that you are welcome to come live with me and my family in the US. You will see first hand how we treat all our neighbors whose majority are jewish with the utmost respect as they do towards us.

        • Rainbow Sponge

          He is merely implementing U.S. law. The embassy was meant to move to Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999. Plus it’s his campaign promise — he was elected by the people of Virginia and Pennsylvania, not Amman and Ramallah.

          • Hind Abyad

            “…merely implementing US Law”, you mean US vassal?

          • Rainbow Sponge

            The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, look it up.

          • Hind Abyad

            “In the Hebrew language it’s quite simple to indicate not only
            a condition (like shalem), but also the means to get there (to “shalemize”). The usage of this shalemize form in Scriptures is quite revealing. Wholeness is achieved or restored most often by some kind of restitutory payment or covenant: God pays a man according to his work (Job 34:11), but the wicked borrows and does not pay back (Psalm 37:21). The owner of an accidentally killed ox is paid restitution (Exodus 21:36); oil is sold to pay off a debt (2 Kings 4:7); and the Gibeonites swindle Joshua into making a covenant with them (Joshua 10:1). Likewise, shalem is used when vows are to be paid to the Most High, or when days of mourning are to be completed (Isaiah 60:20), and ties in directly to the Messiah and his salvifique work (Joel 2:25).”
            Not for Bolshevik Zionists terrorists gangsters and criminals.

          • Rainbow Sponge

            Wait, whaaat? What’s that got to do with the Embassy Act?

          • Rudy1947

            Shhh….the Canaanites are coming, the Canaanites are.

          • vs

            ???????????????????????? (Cnaanim)

          • Rainbow Sponge

            Oh my gawd Rudy you cawnt say that, the Lebanese are their descendants. Stop victimising Lebanese on herrrre.

          • Hannibal

            Now let’s analyze you Rainbow (and others trolling here), while I have ZERO interest on trolling ANY Israhell website, it is bewildering how you are attracted to a Lebanese site. Was it you who said you have a degree in Psychology? Psychoanalyze this!

          • Rainbow Sponge

            It’s a public forum in English which means anyone can contribute. Not that I couldn’t comment on an Arabic website x

          • Hind Abyad

            It’s a public zite, sprechen Arabic uh..if you can
            Dany Nohra.. “I’m a Lebanese Chrizhtian” said you. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8addccb5e2e982bef1b370092cb554116f102265d009fbb5fe2afb3a4033b825.jpg

          • Hannibal

            Oh nobody is saying to you not to, whether it is in English, Arabic, or Mandarin… The issue is when you are in Rome behave like the Romans… and if you do not like their culture, or their belief system, no matter how much you disagree with it, you have to stop criticizing them. So if you like being here, on a Public Lebanese Site, where many of us discuss politics and events we may or may not agree with, we must stay civil, attack the topic not the messenger, but not their heritage. How would you feel if I go on your sites and attack your belief system? I never did. Not even interested. But you come to this site (our house) and start acting as if you own the place.
            This is a Lebanese site, we Lebanese are the descendants of the Kingdom of Aram. Aramaic people are the descendant of Phoenician Canaanites who dwelled these lands from Ebla in Northern Syria to Dor in current Palestine and included the coastline of what is now Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, Syria, and south-west Turkey. Its colonies reached the Western Mediterranean (Carthage, Spain) and the Atlantic Ocean. Its civilization spread across the Mediterranean between 1500 BC and 300 BC. Many of the most important Phoenician settlements had been established long ago: Byblos, Tyre, Sidon, Simyra, Arwad, and Berytus, the capital of Lebanon, and ALL appear in the Amarna tablets written in cuneiform before even the modern Alphabet was invented. Don’t take my word for it… Dig the land you are standing on and you will only find the bones and ancient dwellings of the Kingdom of Aram.

          • Rainbow Sponge

            Okay let’s get one thing straight here, actually two things. Israeli sites aren’t “my sites” any more than this one here. And second, your buddy is not Lebanese and her Arabic is zeft emzafat.

          • Hannibal

            zeft emzafat is a Lebanese dialect… Are you Lebanese?

          • Rainbow Sponge

            While I don’t believe in complete anonymity (otherwise I’d use TOR), personal information should be kept to a minimum on chat forums.

          • Hannibal

            Being Lebanese is not PII to the extent birth dates or names are.

          • Rudy1947

            And your nation according to you is Hitler’s youth.

          • Hannibal

            My world is not of this world…

          • Rudy1947

            No doubt.

          • Hind Abyad

            Really Dany Nohra?
            ‘expanding my protein drink empire’ Jersey Pump?

            “MaImequer0 – O • 2 years ago
            I’ve been really busy… in front of my CPU using drones to target hezzies, expanding my protein drink empire, driving tanks, hunting down elderly jewish portuguese women and giving them strokes with invisible mind rays, among other things…. –.- –..-.
            •Reply•Share ›
            Sharing your private informations?

          • Hind Abyad

            His friends in Mossad train in all Arabic dialects.

          • Hind Abyad

            He has no degree in Psh’itcology, it’s because i said i read Carl Jung.

          • Rudy1947

            Oh dear, a faux paus. So many “ese” and “ites”. I thought the descendants were Hindese.

          • Hind Abyad

            Oh dear..try not to parler Français.. paspaus parrot.

          • Rudy1947

            Faux paus is as common as french fries sweetie.

          • Hannibal

            Sweetie is lingo of white trash… Do you speak like this to your wife? Sweetie, honey, babe, sugar, darling…

          • Rudy1947

            Really??? In many areas of the US it is a sign of affection in proper context. It can also be sarcastic in other context as is meant in my comment.

          • Hind Abyad

            Bad translation.. try again.. for your ego.

          • Hannibal

            At least they are not bastardese like your nation 😉 lol (sorry could not help it)

          • Rudy1947

            The US?

          • Hannibal

            At least Trump is trying to stop the bastardization of the west 😛

          • Rudy1947

            And your nation is what?

          • Hannibal

            Hitler’s youth…

          • Hind Abyad
          • Hind Abyad

            Ask your dark mommy

          • vs

            vulgarity is not good

          • Hannibal

            I agree, then please talk to your buddy YK. Tell him (or it) to behave 😉

          • Hind Abyad

            Just funny to see Zio-trolls eloquence..zpaming

          • Rainbow Sponge

            Ooh says the queen bee of spam. How’s Danny Nohra’s wife btw x

          • Hind Abyad

            Tell your wife you’ve been making silent calls on the phone to
            hear my voice, latest Nov. 29 at 4.26 pm..Dec.1 at 12.26 am..
            Can’t stop laughing… hhhhh…sickzio

          • Hind Abyad
          • vs

            My be i’m also not O.K. called you KKKannibal because you called my country Isra*ell (you are also not O.K.) and yalibnan censored my reply to you. We are all can be better i hope

          • Hannibal

            Agreed! OK Let’s try. 😉

          • Hind Abyad

            Waiting for Godot. Samuel Beckett.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzMg6-8T39I

  • Niemals

    Now Hamas threatens with a new Intifada.
    The possible willingness of Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is provoking unrest in the region.
    Both Fatah and Hamas warn the US about this move.

    Mahmoud Habash, Abbas’ adviser warned that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would mean “the total destruction” of the peace process and that the whole world would pay the price.

    The radical Islamic Hamas is even more strongly condemning the US plans.
    Hamas threatens even with a new Palestinian uprising.
    With such a stance, the US would support Israel in the “crime” of turning Jerusalem into a purely Jewish city and “emptying of Palestinians,” Hamas said.

    How come that Trump’s will to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will result that the whole world have to pay the price?