Six Palestinian Lies About Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
Thursday, December 07, 2017
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared that “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” calling the move “a long overdue step to advance the peace process.”
In response to the move, the Palestinian Authority and numerous Arab
nations have launched a propaganda offensive based on lies and
misinformation. Most of the dishonest talking points have not been
countered by the news media. Below, in no particular order, are six of
those lies that must be called out.
1 – The embassy move does not impact the PA’s ability to create a state. Contrary to the Palestinian Authority’s propaganda claim that Trump’s
move negates their ability to form a Palestinian state with a capital
in Jerusalem, the U.S. moving its embassy to the city does no such
thing. It is illogical to argue that the presence of a U.S. embassy in
Jerusalem impacts the PA’s statehood plans in any way.
The only thing standing in the way of the PA having a state is the
Palestinians’ own abject refusal to accept numerous statehood offers
while rejecting Israel’s very existence. Indeed, the Palestinian
Authority has rejected every single Israeli offer of a state. Those
state offers were made at Camp David in 2000, Taba in 2001, the
Annapolis Conference in 2007 and more offers were made in 2008.
recently reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quietly made
another such offer in 2014. Most of the statehood offers included a
Palestinian capital in eastern sections of Jerusalem. In all of these cases, the PA not only refused generous Israeli
offers of statehood and bolted negotiations without counteroffers. In
some cases, they responded with major escalations of violence,
infamously including the murderous Second Palestinian Intifada in 2001.
Far from impeding their statehood claims, Trump’s embassy move might
serve to pressure the PA into negotiations, understanding that momentum
is moving away from their direction if they don’t act. Of course, if the
PA wanted a state living in peace alongside Israel they would not need
to be pressured into accepting such a concept given that Israel has
always been a willing partner for peace and has already made offers
2 – Abbas claims that Trump withdrew from the so-called peace process when he did no such thing. Abbas dishonestly claimed that Trump’s decision was a “declaration of the withdrawal of the United States” from the so-called peace process. Perhaps Abbas didn’t catch Trump’s actual speech, in which he
explained the move was meant to further the so-called peace process.