By Tyler Durden
Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,
With the US so heavily committed to supporting Israel, and protecting them from any UN resolutions, it’s always been difficult for the Palestinian leadership to trust the US to be an impartial moderator for peace efforts. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Wednesday’s move by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has effectively ended that entirely.
Abbas says there is no way at this point that the Palestinians can trust the US to be a mediator, saying Trump’s move encourages Israel to continue the occupation and expansion of settlements, undermining the two-state solution.
Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting with President Trump earlier this year.
Trump has suggested that the recognition of the capital is going to help the peace process, though the Secretaries of State and Defense are both warning the move risks provoking regional violence, and White House officials say that the recognition threatens the peace process in the near-term.
Both Israel and Palestine envision Jerusalem as their future capital, and Israel’s definition of Jerusalem has expanded dramatically over the years, including large amounts of occupied Palestinian territory into a “greater Jerusalem.”
While Abbas says he continues to view Jerusalem as Palestine’s “eternal …read more