Opinion | A dirty but effective way to start ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Snow in Jerusalem.  (photo:  ILAN ROSENBERG /  REUTERS)
Coexistence in Jerusalem isn’t equal, but could there be some benefit to improving enhanced cooperation and integration between the different local authorities.

By Anshel Pfeffer | Building the Bridge | Feb 22, 2021

That reality is Jerusalem as a shared city. And the very limited decisions of the Biden administration offer a key to engaging with that.

We can all breathe. Four weeks after his inauguration as President of the United States, Joe Biden finally gave Benjamin Netanyahu a call, and all is fine with the extra-special relationship.

And now that the long wait is over, we can finally get down to more relevant question of what plans, if any, does the new U.S. administration have for us.

One thing seems pretty clear by now. Biden’s team are on a collision course with the Netanyahu government over their intention to rejoin the nuclear agreement with Iran, pretty much on the same lines as the original deal signed by the Obama administration.

What’s less clear is their plans on the other potential minefield: the Israel-Palestine conflict.

For now at least, it looks like the administration doesn’t have any plan. For now, they seem content to stick with Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy there, while balancing that somewhat by reopening the separate consulate in Jerusalem that dealt directly with the Palestinians.

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