Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capital of Israel
Controversial move comes despite protests from Arab world
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2017 4:25 PM CST

  • The AP also reports the speech marked the first time Trump has publicly endorsed the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.
  • That endorsement may not mean much. "Trump has delivered a message to the Palestinian people: the two-state solution is over," the chief Palestinian peace negotiator tells Haaretz. "Now is the time to transform the struggle for one-state with equal rights for everyone living in historic Palestine."
  • Haroon Moghul at NBC News writes that could be a "silver lining." He argues the two-state solution hasn't been viable for years, calling it a "ruse" and waste of time. He says one state is "the only possible solution."
  • But following Trump's speech, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres held firm, Reuters reports. "I want to make it clear: There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B," he said.

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