As the US mulls recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, here’s what some Palestinians and Israelis think

The Trump administration has until Dec. 4 to sign a waiver that delays moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for another six months. Every U.S. president since Bill Clinton has signed it twice a year after Congress passed a bill in 1995 that called for the mission to be relocated. They have cited national security concerns and the potential for an embassy move to upset a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel sees Jerusalem — both east and west — as its undivided eternal capital, citing spiritual and historic claims dating back to the Bible. After the Jews were largely expelled, the city remained under Muslim rule for 1,300 years, until the end of World War I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. It was then placed under British mandate. In 1947, after Britain announced its withdrawal, the U.N. General Assembly voted to partition the territory into Arab and Jewish states make Jerusalem a corpus separatum – or “separated body” – with special international status, but that never happened. Instead, the city was divided.

Palestinians were expelled or fled neighborhoods in West Jerusalem during Israel’s 1948 war of independence, when Jewish communities were also displaced from the Old City and East Jerusalem. Following the 1967 war, Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan and annexed the area,

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/12/01/as-the-u-s-mulls-recognizing-jerusalem-as-israels-capital-heres-what-some-palestinians-and-israelis-think/

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