Matthew Bryza comments on Trump’s Jerusalem declaration
"In the mid- to longer-term, however President Trump’s decision could be less damaging and maybe even helpful, provided he makes absolutely clear that the U.S.:
(1) Recognises only West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital;
(2) Expects East Jerusalem to become the capital of an eventual Palestinian state; and
(3) Maintains its position that Jerusalem’s final status, meaning whether it will be a divided or unified city, can only be determined through negotiations within the Middle East peace process.
I expect President Trump’s decision will damage official U.S. relations with all Muslim majority countries. The U.S. President has taken a decision on the one issue that unites nearly all Muslims, whether they are Sunnier Shia, Salafi or Sufi, Arab or Iranian or Turk. Moreover, this is not a popular decision in the United States, with initial polls indicating over 65% of Americans oppose this move", he concluded.