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Two States and the Embassy, by JONATHAN S. TOBIN (Commentary)

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Dec. 20, 2016

…”The whole point of those pushing for withdrawal from the West Bank and for re-dividing Jerusalem in order to create an independent Palestinian state (in addition to the one that already exists in all but name in Gaza that is run by Hamas), is to force Israel to treat the 1967 lines as the border between the two countries. That’s why President Obama demanded that the 1967 lines be the starting point for all negotiations. But if the 67 lines are to be considered sacred then that also means that West Jerusalem—the parts of the city that were not illegally occupied by Jordan during the War of Independence and which functioned as Israel’s capital from 1949 to 1967—really is part of Israel and should be treated that way.

If the Palestinians see a two-state solution as the goal, they’d have no problem with a U.S. embassy in the city as long as it was accompanied by a similar resolve to employ another one in an Arab neighborhood as the American embassy to Palestine.”…

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