What President Trump’s embassy move to Jerusalem means for the U.S. and its allies

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Right now, Gaza is recovering after seeing its deadliest violence in 4 years this week. Clashes with Israeli forces have left at least 60 people dead. This comes just 2 days after the U.S. officially moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Now, the decision to make this move is getting a lot of mixed reactions internationally. Ryan Vogel, Director of National Security Studies at Utah Valley University, joined Emily Clark, to talk about this this means for the U.S. and our allies.

Vogel says over the past years, U.S. allies and partners have repeatedly cautioned the
administration against this move. The opening was marked by violence and resistance in the Palestinian territories – especially Gaza. Already, scores of deaths and thousands of injuries have resulted from the violence.

Previously, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had told Trump that this action would
endanger the peace process in an irreversible way. Moving the embassy is controversial for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Vogel says Jerusalem is legally occupied territory. Moving the embassy would therefore be making a significant statement regarding Israel’s claim to that territory. Second, moving the embassy would jeopardize the United States’ position as an honest broker in the peace
process. However, Jerusalem is the declared capital of Israel and moving the embassy will make
diplomatic relations easier for the two countries.

The embassy opening prompts many difficult questions:

  • How will this affect the United States’ role in the peace process?
  • Will countries in the region accept the United States’ move and, if not, what will the response be?
  • Should the United States have demanded a concession from Israel before moving -like recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, or withdrawing settlements?
  • Will the U.S. relocation encourage other states to move their embassies?
  • Will the embassy relocation last? Will this decision be reversed by a future administration? Or is it in Jerusalem to stay?

For more information, visit UVU.edu/NSS.

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