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Why Trump’s Jerusalem announcement is so misguided

The president's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a propaganda gift to Turkey, Iran—and Hamas  

By Azriel Bermant  

President Donald Trump gives a statement on Jerusalem in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC., on December 6, 2017. Photo: Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/PA Images

After the Reagan administration took a soft line on Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, Margaret Thatcher scrawled in pen on a diplomatic cable received from Washington: “The US just does not realise the resentment she is causing in the Middle East.” Thatcher feared that extremist forces such as the Soviet Union would make maximum gains in the Arab world from the missteps of the Israelis and Americans.

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