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Trump's Jerusalem Gamble

Trump's Jerusalem Gamble

The United States will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capitol and the United States intends to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv. Thus, President Trump decreed from the White House this week.  This move bucks decades of US policy, which sought to include the status of Jerusalem as part of a broader peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Meanwhile, virtually the entire world warned President Trump against this declaration, fearing that it will sow instability throughout the region and erect yet another obstacle in the way of an already failing peace process. On the line with me to discuss the implications of this announcement to both the Arab-Israeli peace process and to regional politics more broadly is Marc Lynch. Marc is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliot School; Director, Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) and one of my favorite middle east analysts.  Marc explains why previous U