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International Storm so Trump doesn't recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The EU and macron demand that it not be done; Turkey threatens a possible diplomatic break with Israel if the US moves the embassy

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International Storm so Trump doesn't recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Donald Trump leaves daisy of discord. The possibility that this Wednesday will declare Jerusalem as capital of Israel and move embassy has unleashed a gigantic wave of international rejection ranging from Turkish threat of breaking relations with Hebrew country to warnings of EU and French President Emmanuel Macron, that any step in that direction can revive eternal fire of Middle East. The White House, in one of its accustomed stagings, has kept suspense: "It is not a question of wher it is made, but of when," said a spokesman.

Jerusalem is an open wound. A maze from which no one has found way out. 70 years ago, Palestine partition agreement placed city under international administration. But soon western part was occupied by Israel and after six-Day War, in June 1967, also Oriental one. Just one that Palestinians consider ir capital.

An ultraorthodox Jew goes past U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, this Monday. JIM HOLLANDER EFE

In this nest, Trump plays with fire. He has let his intention to proclaim capital of Jerusalem be leaked and has even alerted US embassies to possibility of protesting. But no one in your environment even says he's going to do it this Wednesday. The result is a maximum stage tension. In Middle East and Europe pressures are multiplied to abandon idea, while he, with all gun focuses, sits atop barrel of gunpowder to meditate. It's his way of doing politics.

The decision is crucial. The displacement of diplomatic legation was agreed by Congress in 1995, but "national security" has been postponed by all presidents. The same Trump did in May. And now, exhausted deadline, it must be redefined. The commitment to Jerusalem would be consistent with its campaign promises, and to lessen its effects might not be accompanied by immediate transfer of U.S. Embassy.

In any case, a step forward, even if it were symbolic, would mean entering hostile territory. It would not only end up with a guideline maintained for decades by United States and its allies, but would ruin, at least in short term, attempts of son-in-law and presidential adviser, Jared Kushner, to forge an agreement in Middle East and to unite with Israel to countries of Sunni majority such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Jordan in creation of an anti-Iranian shield.

All this would come down, at least momentarily, by defense of Jerusalem. In counterpart, Trump would have asserted his proisraeli faith and, as he did in Netanyahu's view of Washington in February, he would have released notice to Palestinians that past does not bind him and that his goal in area is to open a new cycle where not even solution of Two states is necessary.

It would be a radical twist and a high destabilizing capacity. Possibly for this reason, US president dedicated Tuesday to calling Netanyahu, president of Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and King Abdullah of Jordan. Although White House did not elaborate on content of talks, spokespersons of Abbas and Abdullah claimed that Trump had informed m of transfer of embassy. The decision, to be confirmed, would break locks and drag back to past Zonal board.

At forefront of protests, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has threatened to retaliate if Jerusalem was recognized as capital of Israel, has been set up se days. "They could go as far as breaking our diplomatic relations with Israel." "It's a red line for Muslim orb," he sentenced.

Less bellicose, although with same doses of indignation, Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which brings toger Muslim countries, was expressed. In a statement, he warned US that transfer of embassy would mean recognizing this city as capital of Israeli state and ignoring military occupation of East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory. "It would be a brazen aggression," he riveted.

On European side, French president Emmanuel Macron, in telephone conversation this Monday with his American counterpart, recalled that " question of Jerusalem should be regulated within framework of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, aspiring "Especially to creation of two states that live toger in peace and security with Jerusalem as capital." The head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, called for "to avoid any action that would undermine a solution to two states between Israel and Palestine."


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