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Embassy move has damaged peace process

Embassy move has damaged peace process

The relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday may have fulfilled a campaign promise made by Donald J. Trump, and it may please Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other hardliners in his government. But what does it actually accomplish? The most obvious effect is to anger Palestinians and their allies — as the deaths of at least 55 protesters at the Gaza border made apparent.

The bloodshed and rising body count should have surprised no one. The leader of Hamas had called for an uprising in response to the U.S. decision, and even more moderate Muslim voices have expressed disappointment that the U.S. would abandon its role as peace negotiator. In...