Political Analyst Brian Calfano Gives Perspective on Trump's Comments on Jerusalem

President Donald Trump has named Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

For some, this fulfills a campaign promise.

But for others, they say it will end any talks of peace in the Middle East.

Joining us now with some perspective on today's events is our political analyst Dr. Brian Calfano.
President Trump said his new policy was simply reflecting reality. Is it?

To some extent it is.

Israel's government is located in Jerusalem, but the political reality is more complicated than that. 
While supporters of the new policy say there hasn't been much progress in the peace talks with Tel Aviv as the recognized capitol, this doesn't get us around the fact that the change is almost certain to spark unrest in an already unstable part of the world.

Why make this change?

One, it resonates with Evangelicals, who are one of the voting groups showing consistent support for the president.

Two, it's popular with certain Republican donors, including billionaire developer Sheldon Adelson. 
And third, it might be that President Trump sees the shift in recognition to Jerusalem as a way to convince the Israeli government to come to the table and offer serious concessions to the Palestinians.

The challenge, of course, is going to be getting the Palestinians back to the table at this point at all.


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