In any event, President Trump
's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is not such a radical idea. Russia, of all countries, stated last April that "we view West Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel." While it did so in the context of also recognizing "the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state," Russia's action still provides a precedent that goes beyond the conventional thinking of France and other Western European countries. By declaring the U.S.'s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and proceeding with plans to move the U.S. embassy to West Jerusalem
, President Trump
would formalize the treatment that the U.S. already extends to Jerusalem as the headquarters of the Israeli government. President Trump
can indicate that the U.S. recognizes "Jerusalem" as Israel's capital, without referencing "east" or "west," while also declaring his intention to move the U.S. embassy specifically to West Jerusalem
, which even Abbas has not claimed to be Palestinian t ...