Two weeks ago, Donald Trump was telling supporters what a success it had been for him to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and declare the disputed holy city the Israeli capital. No other US president has dared do this, he bragged. Israelis and Palestinians could never agree on sharing Jerusalem — Palestinians want occupied Arab East Jerusalem as the capital of the independent state that was foreshadowed in the Oslo agreement, signed 25 years ago this month. "Now it’s off the table," Trump said. "There’s nothing to negotiate." As a result, the president added in his transactional way, "Israel will have to pay a higher price because they won a very big thing", and the Palestinians will "get something very good because it’s their turn next — let’s see what happens". Predictably, this extemporaneous approach to the Middle East set nerves on edge in Israel. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu — tilted towards an ultra-right that wishes to expand Jewish settlement in, and annex...

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