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Jerusalem Move Makes Trump's Peace Deal More Elusive Than Ever

  • Leaders from the U.K. to Palestinian Authority criticize move
  • ‘Every square inch’ of Jerusalem is symbolic, analyst says
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Bloomberg’s Joe Sobczyk reports on the demand for an emergency meeting by eight Security Council nations. (Source: Bloomberg)

President Donald Trump called his decision Wednesday to break with decades of precedent and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel a move made “in the best interest of peace between Israel and Palestine.” Israel aside, few others saw it that way.

Trump tried to temper his decision by reaffirming U.S. support for a “two-state solution” and saying he wasn’t preempting any final decision about Israel’s borders or sovereignty within Jerusalem. That’s important to Palestinians, because they view the eastern part of the city as their future capital, but it’s also something they would have already expected in any peace deal, so Trump’s statement rang hollow.