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This afternoon, President Trump officially announced “that America formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.” Predictably, opponents raised concerns that this might derail the (mostly imaginary) peace talks.

For more than 20 years, the ‘international community’, another fictional creation, has insisted that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol would prevent a peace agreement. That’s another farce. The Palestinian Authority, aka the public version of Hamas, is the biggest impediment to Middle East peace. They’ve had the opportunity to establish a Jewish state multiple times. Each time, they’ve rejected the terms because they wouldn’t admit that Israel has a right to exist.

In his speech, President Trump said “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering. When I came into office I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital, at all. But today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It is something that has to be done.”

This is long overdue. Here’s Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response to President Trump’s speech:

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