Recognition of the disputed land would mark a dramatic shift in U.S. policy and boost Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election bid.
The move would make it harder for Israel to cede control over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians.
Recognizing the city as Israel's official capital wold be "the red line of Muslims," according to Turkey.
Can history move forward? Absolutely.
Mention history and it can trigger a roll of the eyes. Add the Middle East to the equation and folks might start running for the hills, unwilling to get caught up in the seemingly bottomless pit of details and disputes. But without an understanding of what happened in the past, it's impossible to grasp where we are today.