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President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, beginning the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has prompted warnings of Arab violence. The concern is that the move may undermine the chances of advancing peace efforts.
King Abdullah of Jordan warned of the "dangerous repercussions" of such a move and Mahmoud Abbas warned of the consequences that such step may have on the peace process, as well as the overall stability of the region.
Arguments - Countries - Turkey - Egypt - Syria
These arguments were echoed by several countries including Turkey, Egypt, and Syria.
France decalred that such an issue should be resolved in a final status negotiation between both sides. Some Democrats and media analysts in the U.S expressed similar concerns.
UK - Vatican - Judgements - Subject
However, the UK and the Vatican wisely avoided strong judgements on the subject.
Those arguments expressing fear of Arab rage, have failed to see the big picture.
Israel - Solution - Jerusalem - Negotiations - Palestinians
Israel offered a solution on Jerusalem during negotiations with the Palestinians. In 2000, during the Camp David Conference Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered sovereignty over Arab Jerusalem and Palestinian custodianship over the Muslim holy sites.
That offer was far-reaching and unprecedented, where Israel broke the dogma of one unified Jerusalem, a gesture President Clinton fully acknowledged and admired.
Territories - East - Jerusalem - Old - City
Likewise, he agreed to concede territories in East Jerusalem, in the Old City, and the Temple Mount. Then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat demanded sovereignty over all of East Jerusalem and over the holy sites. In order to defend his position on Jerusalem, Arafat was even willing to shame himself with absurd arguments and distorted facts like, "the ruins of the old Jewish temple were not in Jerusalem but in Nablus."
That negotiation ended in a 5-year violence, known as the Second Intifada.
Year - Collapse - Camp - David - Israel
Still, less than half a year after the collapse of Camp David, Israel accepted the "Clinton parameters, a proposal for final...
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