Sheldon Adelson

Jerusalem: A self-defeating provocation

Jerusalem: A self-defeating provocation

As often as the Middle East has been described as a tinder box of impassioned religious views and centuries-held grievances aggravated by dislocation and desperation and requiring only the tiniest spark to inflame unrest, it should not have surprised anyone that President Donald Trump’s mid-week announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and eventually locate its embassy there has already produced violent protests by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with American flags and pictures of Mr. Trump set afire. Given Mr. Trump’s provocative action, this was to be expected.

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