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Re: Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Posted by AlM on Thu Dec 7 06:00:55 2017, in response to Re: Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, posted by Spider-Pig on Thu Dec 7 01:34:10 2017.

It is viewed as a strongly pro-Israel action (whether rightly or wrongly), and therefore does reduce one's ability to be a mediator for a peace settlement.

For example, a mediator in a labor negotiation would always be incredibly careful about the words they use to describe a situation under discussion, and would not use a technically correct phrase if it would offend one side. Part of being a successful mediator is to cater to the sensitivities of both sides, whether those sensitivities are reasonable or not.

You can well argue that the US should be actively pro-Israel, but then you have to accept the loss of ability to be a successful mediator, which was ftgreene's point.


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