No, Trump didn’t end the peace process by recognizing Jerusalem

“Jerusalem” means something very different to Arabs and Jews.

By Jerome M. Segal December 8, 2017

Jerome M. Segal, a research scholar at the University of Maryland and the president of the Jewish Peace Lobby, is the lead author of “Negotiating Jerusalem.”

President Trump was repeatedly warned not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept the decision, and an Abbas adviser said it would signify the “complete destruction of the peace process.” The Arab News predicted that the “two-state solution would be over.” The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that it would “blow up [Jared] Kushner’s peace plan.” And former CIA director John Brennan warned that it would be “a foreign policy blunder of historic proportion.”

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