- President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that the U.S. was working toward moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
- EU leaders do not support Trump’s stance and action on Israel and rejected his announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
- EU President Donald Tusk’s tweet:
EU leaders reiterate firm commitment to the two-state solution and, in this context, the EU position on Jerusalem remains unchanged.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) December 14, 2017
- EU Foreign policy Chief Frederica Mogherini is concerned with Trump’s move, and stated, “We do not wish to see a discredited U.S. administration when it comes to the negotiations in the Middle East,”
- Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Jerusalem “could be the capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state, but that has to be negotiated between the two parties.”
Why it Matters
Like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated, “For 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people [and for 70 years] it has been the capital of Israel.” Israel will never forfeit Jerusalem as their capital, yet many countries and organizations around the world demand they do so, in favor of “peace”.
The EU is still hesitant, as Mogherini states:
You know where the European Union stands, We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both, the State of Israel and the State of Palestine along the 1967 lines. This is our consolidated position, and we will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem until the final status of the whole city is resolved in direct negotiations between the parties.
Netanyahu responded by saying that the root of the conflict with the Palestinians is not territory, but rather a refusal by the Palestinians to recognize a nation state of the Jewish people within any boundary.
You see this in the the continual denial by the Palestinians of our right to exist as a Jewish state, and the denial of our history. For 3,000 years Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people… Yet that connection is denied in UN forums, UNESCO and in laughable decisions that seek to deny history and historical truth.
Netanyahu said that peace was based on recognizing reality.
Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, nobody can deny it. It doesn’t obviate peace, it makes peace possible, because recognizing reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace.
Netanyahu is absolutely right, peace needs to be realized. President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there is genuine and courageous. Now all we need is for the other countries around the world to follow America’s lead.