Inside Story – Jerusalem: A momentous change, but at what cost?


For decades American presidential candidates from both parties have promised to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – but once elected they have retreated from the idea.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump changed that. Trump overruled his top political and military advisers to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announce plans to relocate the US embassy. To give you a sense of how unusual that is: of all the countries that maintain formal diplomatic relations with Israel, not one currently has an embassy in Jerusalem. And the few that have had embassies there in the past have been small countries with little connection to the Middle East, such as Costa Rica and El Salvador.

Trump’s decision has been widely condemned and has sparked protests in many parts of the Middle East and the wider Muslim world. It remains to be seen, however, exactly what will change and how fast those changes will be. While making his much-anticipated announcement in Washington on Wednesday night, Trump also signed a new national security waiver, exactly the same sort of waiver regarding the embassy move that every US president has signed twice each year for more than two decades. He also said that actually building a new embassy and moving American diplomats into it is a process that will take a minimum of several years.

There is no question, however, that Trump’s move will alter the diplomatic and political situation on the ground. The question is: how?

Presenter: Laura Kyle
Mouin Rabbani, Senior Fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies
JD Gordon, Former National Security & Foreign Policy Adviser to Donald Trump
Yossi Mekelberg, Professor of International Relations, Regent’s University, London

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  1. "Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of ground. Don't these talking monkeys know that Eden has enough to go around?"
    Tool – right in two
    This is what I see in this conflict

  2. Get ready all you cry babies and haters of Israel, haters of Trump, for Armageddon.. It's right around the corner, you can take the mark of the beast or get beheaded.. Your choice.

  3. Smoke. This move and the timing of it is an attempt to create yet more turmoil in the region. The aim is for Israel to be attacked and to then 'retaliate' bringing the USA along for the ride. This is a bear trap. Whatever happens, the cretin Trump is the fall-guy. Netanyahu/Israel does not want to wait for Iran and its proxies to pick the time and place, it wants it NOW with USA at its side.

  4. Indeed there is no peace process only hate and terror, so why bother anyway? Can't be worse, can it? On top of that the UN has been taught another lesson. There will be more surprises!

  5. There was never a country called Palestine, Jerusalem in all of history has only been the capital of Israel, The Palestinians are a made up race, they are all Arabs from the surrounding Arab countries,

    I am no Trump fan, but he definetly did the right thing, all the land belongs to Israel.

  6. I don't understand what the BIG DEAL is. Trump or rather the US (as a sovereignty) has NO authority to INTERFERE in the affairs of ANOTHER sovereignty according to Article 2 of the Geneva Convention! Just as PUTIN cannot DECLARE Dallas as the US' new CAPITAL, LIKEWISE Trump cannot DECLARE Jerusalem as Capital of Israel…but only RECOGNISES Jerusalem if ISRAEL DECLARES IT! Trump ONLY supports ISRAEL's DECLARATION if her new CAPITAL!…from the US perspective! Who says the rest of the world HAVE to accept it? We DON'T! ONLY the Government of Israel can DECLARE a Capital of its own sovereignty. Trump CAN move the US embassy…but SO WHAT?


    WHERE is the UN and Geneva in ALL of this…or do they FEAR TRUMP and let the US get away bullying the world!?

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