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    It is there now as is the link to the same explanations of the various positions in the BBC report. Wikipedia link:

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      Great. I’ve been looking for a recent comment by Netanyahu or similar but so far I’m not finding it, which suggest to me (but doesn’t prove to me!) that the Israelis are keeping pretty quiet on this one for now…

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        An article on the Jerusalem Post ( ) says that Netanyahu purposely did not react, and instructed ministers to remain silent.

        There’s a quote from Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat, which might fit here, perhaps trimmed down a bit: “On behalf of the city of Jerusalem, the beating heart and soul of the Jewish people for more than 3,000 years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your commitment and intention to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Barkat said. “This historic step will send a very clear message to the world that the United States stands with the Jewish people and the State of Israel.” There’s also some quotes available from the Israeli opposition.

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    Our briefing on the “recognizing Jerusalem” has a glaring omission – Israel’s position on the matter. Wikipedia has an admirably neutral and succinct summary of the overall position: “Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital, as the State of Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there while the State of Palestine ultimately foresees the city as its seat of power; however, neither claim is widely recognized internationally.”

    But this refers to the overall situation, not to this particular potential action by the United States. Readers will clearly want to know what all sides have to say here.

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