The plot is empty bar the detritus of urban life. It was the site of the General Allenby Barracks during the British Mandate, but today it is an empty earth field at a Jerusalem crossroads, dotted with rubbish.
One day, if Donald Trump, gets his wish, it could be the location of the US embassy to Israel. Washington has leased the site since 1989 for a dollar a year.
This scrap of land – or “fact on the ground” if you like – is a reminder that Mr Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and promise to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv, is not just another off-the-wall provocation or diversionary Twitter rant: it puts him bang in line with the mainstream of US foreign policy.
Mr Trump has long recognised this point. For all his campaign naivety and his team’s attempts to drain the swamp and upend politics, he knew what had to be done on the issue of Israel. “We will move the...