Jerusalem — an urgent issue for Trump administration

Source: CNN

By Aaron David Miller

CNN)Recent terror at the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif, in the Old City of Jerusalem painfully demonstrates why the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is so fraught, but also why it’s so difficult to change and to move toward a sustainable peace.

Seventeen years ago this week, I was one of a dozen Americans at the Camp David summit, a long shot effort by then President Bill Clinton to achieve what President Donald Trump aspires to now: The ultimate peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
As it does now, the Jerusalem issue bedeviled us then. Here are key takeaways about the current crisis that the Trump administration would be wise to keep in mind.

What’s at stake

There is no way to overestimate the significance of the one square kilometer that delimits the Old City of Jerusalem. In that tiny space, three religions — Christianity, Judaism and Islam — lay claim to holy sites sacred to billions of people worldwide who will likely never see or set foot in the city.

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