Why Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem
The U.S. embassy to Israel has moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Here's how this sacred city factors into a conflict 70 years old.
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When President Trump's administration announced the move in 2017, it also officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. And while Israeli leaders celebrated, Palestinians denounced the move.
That's because both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem as their rightful capital. Jerusalem is home to important holy sites for all the Abrahamic religions, and so it has become a critical bargaining chip in the ongoing discussion between the two sides.
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