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Donald Trump's formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing some seven decades of U.S. policy, is arguably the most unnecessary decision of his time in office and one that will have consequences lingering far past his tenure.That's why Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate the embassy pulls down the curtain, turns on the lights, and spray-paints day-glo yellow the 500-pound gorilla in the room.That law did require the United States to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem by 1999, but a politically expedient loophole allowed presidents to issue a waiver of the requirement every six months for national security reasons, thereby preventing Congress from exercising its power to withhold half the funds appropriated to the State Department for overseas building operations if the deadline wasn't met.The shadowplay status of Jerusalem worked.The issue of Jerusalem runs deep in Jordan: It was Abdullah's father, King Hussein, who lost East Jerusalem to Israel in the 1967 war, and Abdullah himself, under a 2013 agreement between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, is the custodian of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
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