106 votes

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

Rallying his base and making good on a campaign promise. Evangelical Christians in the US voice strong political support for Israel and this group overwhelmingly voted for Trump and was pivotal for ...
Gramatik's user avatar
  • 10.5k
84 votes

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

The reason why people want the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is to counter the stream of international organizations that have been recognizing Palestine as a country. ...
Brythan's user avatar
  • 89.6k
46 votes

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

At least prior to the previous U.S. administration, Israel has been a long-time ally of the United States and each country had usually supported the other. Having technologically and economically ...
reirab's user avatar
  • 8,267
23 votes
Accepted

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

It's important to remember that there was a lot of symbolism here. Israel has always considered Jerusalem its capital (something codified in 1980). The international community, however, is divided on ...
Machavity's user avatar
  • 47.5k
11 votes
Accepted

What real effect does today's UN vote to condemn the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital have?

No direct effect - the resolutions of the General Assembly are non-binding except on operations of budgetary/procedural work of UN itself (which this resolution didn't cover). There may be minor ...
user4012's user avatar
  • 92.2k
7 votes
Accepted

Why did four EU countries break the EU consensus over the US embassy in Jerusalem?

The Austrian ministry for foreign affairs stated, that the participation was out of courtesy, and does not imply any change in Austria's official position. Source: Article in Austrian newspaper "Die ...
Dohn Joe's user avatar
  • 2,862
6 votes

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

Probably the same as the benefit of supporting moving of Germany's capital to Berlin or the benefit of changing the English name of the China's capital to Beijing from Peking. In all of those cases, ...
grovkin's user avatar
  • 6,958
5 votes

What is motivating the Australian government to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

There have been speculations that it started out as a pitch to Jewish voters during the by-election in Wentworth. As the Australian government only held 75 / 149 seats before the by-election, the seat ...
Panda's user avatar
  • 46.6k
4 votes
Accepted

What would be the necessary steps to make Jerusalem an independent country?

For a country to be considered an Independent State it should Start acting like an independent state. Get other countries to treat it like an independent state. The history of the Vatican state is ...
James K's user avatar
  • 118k
3 votes

Has the USA explicitly recognized Israeli sovereignty in West Jerusalem?

Neither before nor during. The president's tweets and press conferences do not constitute a formal recognition. The state department has published a map U.S. Relations With Israel which says: The ...
Jonathan Rosenne's user avatar
2 votes

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

The benefit of Trump's strategy is that it creates an opportunity to move the region closer to peace between the Palestinians and Israel. More stability means lower US expenditure in the region. By "...
52d6c6af's user avatar
  • 10.4k
1 vote

What real effect does today's UN vote to condemn the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital have?

I wrote an answer to a similar question. First of, note that recognition of capital cities is meaningless. Russia has already "recognized" Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and no one bat an eye. ...
Stand with Gaza's user avatar
1 vote

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

There's nothing to gain for the US. It will likely cause more strife in the middle east (Trump seems to want more strife in general - Part of Bannon's plan to cause chaos) It will cause the right ...
doston's user avatar
  • 143
1 vote

What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

On the whole, Democrats are much more likely to see Palestinian grievances as at least partly justified, while Republicans are more likely to believe that Israel has been the victim of a Palestinian ...
William Jockusch's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible