Free Forum: Trump’s Jerusalem Gambit

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When Trump claimed that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was just acknowledging reality, he denied the reality of the 320,000 Palestinians living under an increasingly aggressive occupation in East Jerusalem

A conversation with
JOEL BEININ
Professor of Middle East History / Donald J. McLachan Professor in History / Stanford Univ.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 7:00 PM
Midpen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto [map]
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The full implications of President Trump’s proclamation declaring U.S recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and his announcement of the commencement of the process to move the U.S. embassy there, remain to be seen. What will be the diplomatic, political, and security implications of this American policy shift? How will this asymmetric recognition impact a peace process that is already under distress, if not for all intents and purposes moribund?

The Jerusalem recognition is divorced from one key reality: When Trump claimed that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was just acknowledging reality, he denied the reality of the 320,000 Palestinians living under an increasingly aggressive occupation in East Jerusalem, and ignored and undermined Palestinian claims to a capital in that part of the city. In so doing, Trump’s statement has given support and comfort to the Government of Israel in its pathologic denial of the occupation, of the Palestinian narrative, and of the simple fact that Jerusalem’s status is a matter of dispute, not merely between Israel and the Palestinians, but with respect to the entire international community. [Source: Terrestrial Jerusalem]

joelJoel Beinin is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. He is also active as a commentator on issues regarding Israel, Palestine, and the Arab–Israeli conflict. He has been a contributing editor to Middle East Report and has published articles in, among others, The Nation and Le Monde Diplomatique.

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