Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring peace – it will do the opposite

Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring peace – it will do the opposite

By Robert Fisk, The Independent

• I was called by an Irish radio station in Dublin to respond to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What did I think was going on inside the US President’s mind, I was asked? And I replied immediately: “I don’t have the key to the lunatic asylum.”

What might once have seemed an outrageously over-the-top remark was simply accepted as a normal journalistic reaction to the leader of the world’s greatest superpower. And re-listening to the speech that Trump made in the White House, I realised I should have been far less restrained.

The very text of the document is insane, preposterous, shameful.

Goodbye Palestine. Goodbye the two-state solution. Goodbye the Palestinians. For this new Israeli “capital” is not for them. Trump did not even use the word “Palestine”. He talked about “Israel and the Palestinians” – in other words, of a state and of those who do not deserve – and can no longer aspire to – a state.

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Donald Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring peace – it will do quite the opposite | The Independent

 

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