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EU distances itself from Trump with comment on Jerusalem, Washington Post

“A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their ‘firm commitment’ to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, also tweeted at an EU summit on Thursday that the EU’s position on Jerusalem — which is that the city should be the capital of both Israelis and Palestinians — remains unchanged.”

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub, AP

Karin Laub writes, “Jerusalem is the largest mixed city in the Holy Land, and Arabs and Jews interact in daily life, including in malls and hospitals. Many Palestinians work in shops and restaurants in west Jerusalem, typically earning more there than on the east side. Yet east-west infrastructure gaps remain wide. Israel may be unwilling to invest heavily in areas that could one day come under Palestinian rule, said Reiter, adding that efforts to maintain a strong Jewish majority may also play a role. Palestinians claim Israel is trying to drive Arabs out of Jerusalem.”

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