Se­cu­rity desk: An End to Pales­tini­ans’ Deadly Il­lu­sion

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Bloomberg’s Eli Lake no longer be­lieves, as he once did, that rec­og­niz­ing Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal is “too risky.” The State De­part­ment and oth­ers have long warned that recog­ni­tion would bring vi­o­lence. But “of­fi­cial Amer­i­can neu­tral­ity on Jerusalem has not stopped Pales­tinian lead­ers from ex­er­cis­ing a riot veto be­fore,” he notes, adding that neu­tral­ity has ac­tu­ally “created a moral haz­ard”: “West­ern sen­si­tiv­ity on Jerusalem has al­lowed Pales­tinian lead­ers to weaponize the is­sue” and feeds the “il­lu­sion” that “with enough pa­tience and rage, one day the Jews will be evicted from their eter­nal cap­i­tal.” Now Pres­i­dent Trump has given the Pales­tini­ans the same “tough love” Barack Obama showed Is­rael: “A real friend won’t al­low Pales­tinian lead­ers to keep promis­ing to lib­er­ate a city that is the cap­i­tal of its peace part­ner.”

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