US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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US President Donald Trump is notorious for taking widely infamous and clearly dangerous policy decisions driven by ego-centrism and parochialism, the latest addition being the illegal move to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel.

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We live in a world of denial:  The Burmese deny the Rohingya; they call them Bengali even though they have lived in Burma for centuries -- some say as early as the 11th century.  Even the Pope, afraid of the consequences to a small Christian minority, shied away during his visit, confining himself to the all-encompassing phrase, the rights of minorities.

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A little noticed subtext to furious protests across the Middle East and North Africa against US President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is simmering anger at Arab governments.

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The Jerusalem story is the centerpiece of news this week.  Donald Trump and Mike Pence, an evangelical, in favor of moving the embassy and Rex Tillerson and John Mattis opposed in their discussion prior to the announcement.  That State and Defense departments both found the move detrimental to U.S. interests underlines how politics trump sound policy.

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US President Donald J. Trump has let a genie out of the bottle with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and intent to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Significant gas discoveries in the East Mediterranean over the Gaza marine field can favor economic synergies between Palestine and Israel as well as Palestine and Jordan paving the way towards the multilateralization of energy resources on demand and supply patterns.

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The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest-standing issues on the Organization's agenda, United Nations Secretary-General António said in his message commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

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