The Fantasy of an International Jerusalem https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2017/12/the-fantasy-of-an-international-jerusalem/

One-hundred years ago, over a lunch, the internationalization of Jerusalem became irrelevant—and it remains so.

December 28, 2017 | Martin Kramer
About the author: Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

A Franciscan monk reading in French British General Edmund Allenby’s famous proclamation announcing British rule over Jerusalem on December 11, 1917. Library of Congress

In the uproar over President Trump’s announcement of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, one constant refrain has been the insistence that, by longstanding international consensus, the city’s status has yet to be decided. In the portentous words of the recent UN General Assembly resolution protesting the American action, “Jerusalem is a final-status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant United Nations resolutions.”

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