Mutual recriminations, red faces, apologies, accusations and feigned innocence. Let’s face it, the real issue is whether the part of Jerusalem under Jordanian control until 1967 is included in the West Bank, with its future negotiable or not.
Consequently, the strategic question at this point is whether, considering the potential effect on the Palestinian Authority’s ability to negotiate and the tension generated with the U.S. government, which views progress in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as an important ingredient in forming an anti-Iranian bloc
in the Middle East, forcing sovereignty over Jerusalem to the top of the agenda instead of allowing for studied distancing from it is optimal for Israel’s interests at this point.
Jersey City, N.J.
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