[Marxism] Which embassy will be first in Jerusalem the Russian or the American?
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Fri Dec 8 08:40:05 MST 2017
Which embassy will be first in Jerusalem: the Russian or the American?
On 6 April 2017 Russia issued an unequivocal statement.
While reaffirming its support for the two-state solution and for East
Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, Moscow
declared: "At the same time, we must state that in this context we
view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
This declaration, ground-breaking in itself, carries a corollary.
Countries normally site their embassies in the capital city of the
country with which they have established diplomatic relations. Is
Putin politically in a position to take the statement to its logical
'...As regards the Palestinians, Putin has fostered good relations
with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, but they are as nothing compared with
Russo-Israeli relations, which are flourishing. There is Gazprom’s
multi-million 20-year contract, signed in 2016, to market Israeli
liquefied natural gas from the vast Tamar field. Collaboration is also
being developed in a whole variety of other areas including free
trade, nuclear and other hi-technology, space cooperation and
agriculture. Moving the Russian embassy to West Jerusalem could do
nothing but enhance this burgeoning relationship.
Were Putin to make this move in the US-Russian chess game being played
for influence in the Middle East, there is no question of a checkmate,
but he could certainly call “Check”. It would prove Russia’s
consistency on Jerusalem, provide it with a notable advantage, and
extend its growing footprint in the Middle East.
The counter move, press reports suggest, might be that that while
Trump again postpones the embassy move in order to protect his
delicate peace negotiations, he could sugar the pill by recognizing
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. All will soon be revealed.'
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