VideoCast with France 24 and Podcasts: Trump’s Jerusalem Mistake

Before and after Donald Trump’s Thursday announcement, I joined radio and TV outlets from four countries — Ireland, Austria, France, and the UK — to explain why Trump is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and why it is an ill-considered and destructive step.

France 24

There is going to have to be concerted action by France, by other European countries, and especially by countries in the region to find a way forward after what Donald Trump has done.

Listen to Austria’s Radio FM4 from 13:13 and from 13:24

In the eyes of the Americans, the Israelis can now do anything they want — politically, economically, militarily — with Jerusalem. It also effectively means that the status of East Jerusalem is taken off the table in any Israel-Palestine discussions.

Listen to BBC Radio Wales

During his campaign last year, Donald Trump pledged to evangelicals and to pro-Israeli American Jews that he would move the American embassy to Jerusalem, thus recognizing it as Israel’s capital.

Perhaps even more importantly, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has effectively taken diplomacy — at least in the Middle East — away from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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