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Summary: This week’s final round goes deep into Jerusalem. Other topics include Utah national monuments, comparing Obama and Trump’s policy toward Syria, the CVS/Aetna merger, Yemen, and much more!
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Since the War of Independence in 1948, Israel has disagreed with much of the Western world in whether to (1) make Jerusalem the rightful capitol of the Israeli state or (2) make Jerusalem somewhat of an “international city” like the Vatican, shared by both Jew and Arab citizens. Israel has been alone in casting the latter view as fiction, hailing its right to declare its own capitol and housing most of its government (its parliament and Supreme Court) in Jerusalem. The Western world, led by the United States, has boycotted Israel by housing its embassy in Tel Aviv.
Donald Trump changed that last week by announcing through the State Department that Jerusalem will now be the home for the US Embassy in Israel. The move, ironically, was promised by every administration since 1995 when Congress recognized Jerusalem, but waivers have been signed by presidents for fear of an Arab backlash. The hope for a Palestinian capitol in at least part of Jerusalem is now gone, and perhaps the feared backlash is coming.
Will peace or violence come of this? Extempers get to answer this question this week.
This week’s final round goes deep into Jerusalem. Other topics include Utah national monuments, comparing Obama and Trump’s policy toward Syria, the CVS/Aetna merger, Yemen, and much more!
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