Op-ed by Daniel Seidemann published May 25, 2017, in Haaretz
In the run-up to President Trump’s visit, there was a public altercation between Israel and State Department officials regarding the President’s visit to the Western Wall. The American officials refused to arrange for Prime Minister Netanyahu to accompany the president, asserting that the Western Wall is not in Israeli territory. Israel expressed righteous indignation, and tempers flared.
The position expressed by the State Department was not new, and not only expresses the longstanding policy of the United States since 1967, but a broad international consensus: East Jerusalem is not part of the “indivisible capital of Israel”, but is territory occupied by Israel. But the uncertain status of Jerusalem is not limited to East Jerusalem, but extends to the West of the city as well.
While it widely accepted by the international community that West Jerusalem is undeniably part of Israel, and not occupied territory, there is also a consensus that its status as the self-declared capital of Israel is “to be determined” – i.e. in the framework of a permanent status agreement. That is why no country on earth recognizes the legitimacy of the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem, and there is not one embassy in the city, East or West...
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