Chris Matthews: Trump is recognizing Jerusalem to appease evangelicals with their crazy mythical beliefs about Israel

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Who says the media’s out of touch with heartland America? This is the same guy, by the way, who was left scratching his head not long ago by the thoroughly mainstream belief that the Constitution enshrines rights given by God rather than creates them itself.

The best part comes at the beginning when he laments that if the Palestinians don’t have “hope” then the world will have an “unending problem,” quite in contrast to what it has now, I guess. Peggy Noonan makes a more coherent argument, that Trump may be keeping a campaign promise in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but is extracting nothing in return and risks making an eternally fraught political situation more dangerous. That’s an odd thing for a self-styled dealmaker to do. The counterargument is that by recognizing Jerusalem he is doing something productive, trying to reshape Palestinians’ expectations of what a peace deal realistically