Trump's Decision on Jerusalem Nothing to Get Killed Over

(Ynet News) Ron Ben-Yishai - President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital did not whip up quite the furor in the Arab and Muslim street envisioned by Hizbullah and Hamas leaders. The Arab street's reaction, in fact, was relatively moderate and subdued. Palestinians know the decision has no practical significance capable of changing reality on the ground, so there's nothing to get killed over. The main reason is that Trump's announcement was not perceived as a religious matter - a threat to Islam - but a national-political issue. It's not something people are willing to be martyred over. The Palestinian backlash to Trump's speech did not carry enough energy to jumpstart truly dangerous violence. Almost all of the people reported by the Palestinians to have been wounded in clashes Friday were hurt by inhaling tear gas and burning tire fumes and not by Israel's security forces.

2017-12-11 00:00:00

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