For decades now, successive US administrations have been using the national security waiver to avoid complying with a strange congressional demand to recognize an “undivided” Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (yes, no mention of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine). In recent days, reports started circulating, citing Israeli officials, saying Trump was about to announce the moving of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as early as Sunday. Vice President Pence added to the rumors by saying this week that Trump was “actively considering when and how to move the American Embassy” to Jerusalem. Shortly after, the White House attempted to tamp down expectations, not by denying the efforts, but simply by noting they were “premature”, while King Abdullah of Jordan warned the move would threaten peace. When you consider that Trump is the sort of guy who disputes the authenticity of a tape he already apologized for, and is reportedly running around repeating birther conspiracies he already disavowed, it’s not really that farfetched that he might move the embassy on a whim. Playing with Jerusalem like this is dangerous.

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