In a diplomatic missive endorsing the two-state solution, Moscow has said that it is ready to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital, providing that statehood is granted to Palestinians, who will base their capital in the eastern part of the city.  “The stalling of the Middle East peace process has created conditions for unilateral moves that undermine the potential for an internationally accepted solution to the Palestinian problem, under which two states – Israel and Palestine

– could live in peace and security with each other and with their neighbors,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in an English-language statement on its website. The latest round of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – Hamas-controlled Gaza did not participate – broke down in 2014, and since then violence has intensified in the West Bank. “We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. MORE