What is the capital of Israel?

Two major West Bank settlements could soon fall within Jerusalem's city limits


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Two major West Bank settlements could soon fall within Jerusalem’s city limits

US embassy move to Jerusalem would break with international consensus


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 9:46am

It’s a simple question – what is the capital of Israel? – but the answer depends who you ask. For the Israeli government, it’s simple: Jerusalem.

Since the annexation of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War gave Israel complete control of the Holy City, the Israeli government has been seeking formal international recognition of a united Jerusalem as the country’s capital.

However, Palestinian nationalists consider East Jerusalem the rightful capital of an independent Palestine and a crucial plank of any future peace negotiations.

To avoid inflaming tensions or compromising future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian territories over the city’s status, the US and other countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

A handful, including the UK, operate a secondary consulate in Jerusalem, but these are classed as diplomatic missions to “Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories” rather than Israel.

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That looks like it could be about to change.

In 1995, the US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act pledging to move its embassy to the Holy City. Implementation of the act has been blocked by successive presidents on “national security” grounds for the past 22 years.

In June, there was some speculation that Trump – a vocal supporter of Israel – might choose not to issue another six-month waiver, but he ultimately did so.

However, that waiver expired at midnight on 6 December with no news of a renewal, prompting many analysts to conclude that the US will formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Source:: The Week – All news


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