Jerusalem, Russia, Volkswagen: Your Thursday Briefing

Jerusalem, Russia, Volkswagen: Your Thursday Briefing

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Good morning.

Here’s what you need to know: Uriel Sinai for The New York Times • Arab and European leaders, Pope Francis and the U.N. criticized President Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (Here’s the full video and transcript of his comments.)

Mr. Trump seemed to relish playing a familiar role: the political insurgent, defying orthodoxy on behalf of his political base. While some American Jewish leaders welcomed the announcement, many worried that it could make peace in the Middle East even harder to achieve.Some in the region expect reactions to be muted as the Palestinian cause, once a rallying cry for Arab unity, has been overshadowed by the wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and the contest between Saudi Arabia and Iran for regional dominance._____ Doug Mills/The New York Times • Muscovites told […]

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