Dear Friends: 

The phone has been ringing off the hook at Ir Amim since US President Donald Trump announced his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem. When the city heats up, journalists and opinion shapers around the world turn to the internationally regarded go-to on Jerusalem in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Over the past several weeks, our political analysis has played a vital role in informing how people understand the consequences of Trump’s declaration, from Israel to New York; in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain; as far away as Hong Kong.

In addition to our constant presence in the press, Ir Amim has been churning out timely explainers on issues that have far-reaching ramifications for both the city and the two-state solution, from this summer’s crisis on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif to pending bills that have the potential to unilaterally absorb, de facto, 140,000 West Bank settlers while pushing 120,000 Palestinians outside the boundaries of the city. Read, share, and broaden the discussion by inviting your friends and colleagues to sign up for our newsletter on the Ir Amim website, or by emailing us directly

Here's a sampling of our work...




Ir Amim’s Betty Herschman, Director of International Relations & Advocacy: 

“Trump took pains to clarify that the U.S. would take no formal position on borders or other final status issues. In fact, any pretext of neutrality was rendered invalid as soon as he recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel.”

Haaretz, December 14



Ir Amim’s Executive Director, Yudith Oppenheimer:

“One can make vain declarations that annul the Palestinian connection to Jerusalem, but it is impossible to uproot Jerusalem from their hearts, or to uproot them from their city. Jerusalem was and will continue to be the home of two peoples.” 

+972, December 8


“Perhaps most toxic,” warned Ir Amim, was that Mr. Trump’s decision would embolden Israeli lawmakers who are pushing for legislation that would redraw the city’s boundaries and reshape its demographic balance, with the intention of making a two-state solution impossible.

New York Times, December 6

[appeared online; link has since been updated]



Ir Amim’s Betty’s Herschman: “What happens in discussions like this is that Jerusalem becomes an abstraction… There are real people living here.”

The Atlantic, December 5



Ir Amim warns: Trump's move would be certain to “embolden” such actions by the Israeli right and provide a “tailwind” to those determined to pre-empt a two-state solution.

Al Jazeera, December 10

Additional media mentions:

“Border Homes, in Jerusalem but Not, Face an Existential Deadline” (New York Times, November 22)

“Changing the Demographics of Jerusalem” (Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s journal on Middle East affairs, December 13)

“Jerusalem: Three things to know” (Deutsche Welle, December 7)

“The days of rage return” (The Herald [Scotland], December 10)

“Trump to recognize Jerusalem, move embassy” (Australian Jewish News, December 7)

“‘It took them 10 minutes to destroy what I built in a lifetime’” (+972, December 4) 



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