For seventy years, and particularly since the initiation of the peace process between Israel and the PLO at a ceremony on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, U.S. government policy has been to ignore and deny the simple fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
And yet, despite all of this, for seventy years no U.S. administration would base its Middle East policy on a basic recognition of one of the eternal truths in human history.
The 1993 signing ceremony on the White House lawn, which initiated the peace process between Israel and the PLO, reached for the sky while ignoring completely the absence of firm ground.
To the extent that guests at normal diplomatic events — embassy parties, signing ceremonies, etc.
After 70 years, the U.S. government, under President Donald Trump, had officially shifted U.S. Middle East policy.