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28th of May 2018


Netanyahu and Trump Hammered Shut Hopes for Peace -

Words expressing hope and encouraging peace, prosperity, and security for all peoples in the Middle East rang from the proceedings while leaders paradoxically engage in policies and actions that terminate chances for peace and peaceful coexistence as Israeli soldiers killed scores of Palestinians only 60 miles from the “ceremonies” at the new U.S. embassy.

If the U.S. wants to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it must at least acknowledge and declare East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

To add further insult, Donald Trump chose right-wing “Christian” Evangelical Southern Baptist minister, Robert Jeffers, to present the U.S. official prayer at the ceremony. This is the same Jeffers who spoke at the so-called “Values Voters Summit,” October 7, 2011 insisting that Jews, Muslims, and Mormons will spend eternity in Hell:

“If we tell people what the Bible says, that every other religion in the world is wrong: Islam is wrong! It is a heresy from the pit of Hell. Mormonism is wrong! It is a heresy from the pit of Hell. Judaism, you can’t be saved being a Jew. You know who said that by the way? The three greatest Jews in the New Testament: Peter, Paul, and Jesus Christ. They all said Judaism won’t do it, it’s faith in Jesus Christ.”

In that speech, he continued that gay people will land up in Hell as well. The final phrase in Jeffers’ prayer at the U.S. Embassy in the declared Jewish capital of Jerusalem was: “…we pray with the Spirit of Peace, our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Last Spring, Trump promised to bring peace to the Middle East when he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“We want to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We will get it done,” Trump said. “We will be working so hard to get it done. I think there is a very good chance and I think we will.”

Later, his utter lack of history, knowledge, and grasp on reality erupted: “It is something that I think is frankly, maybe, not as difficult as people have thought over the years,” he said.

Then, last December Trump announced plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from the city of Tel Aviv – the site of virtually all other nation’s embassies in Israel.

The Palestinian organization, Hamas, accused Trump of opening “the gates of Hell,” and called for organized protest. In anticipation, the U.S. State Department then issued safety warning for embassies around the world.

Except for most Israeli government officials and several people in the United States, Trump’s action has been roundly criticized by leaders in capitals throughout the world. In his own perverse way, Trump has brought together constant rivals in the Middle East, including Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen in one united voice opposing his decision.

All other U.S. Presidents of both parties since the modern state of Israel’s inception in 1948 hoped that West Jerusalem would become the capital of a peaceful Israel, and according to the interests and wishes of most Palestinians and their leaders, East Jerusalem would become the capital of the eventual Palestinian state.

By taking his unprecedented and premature action, Donald Trump has poured Middle East oil onto a tinder box that, likely, will ignite the Third Intifada in the region, as we have already witnessed on this, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

Theodore Herzl, the founder of the Zionist movement over 125 years ago witnessed the persecution of Jews throughout Europe. He envisioned a state to protect the Jewish people from physical and cultural annihilation, one based on good intentions with safe and reasonable borders that are fair to Jews and their neighbors.

Many conditions resulted in Herzl’s dreams to go eschew, for the countless deaths on all sides of the conflict, and for a hoped-for peaceful resolution to be so extremely illusive.

Trump’s official recognition and move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem makes no political sense other than to appease his ever-decreasing base of supporters and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, one of Trump’s many puppet masters. Trump’s decision further endangers U.S. and Israeli security and offers nothing to advance peace.

What it does demonstrate, however, is that Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing supporters never had any intention of returning an inch of territory Israel appropriated and has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. In addition, it is most likely they never considered a two-state solution as an option.

Netanyahu and Trump have conspired to hammer the final nail in the coffin of any potential peace process. One day I can see them charged and convicted as co-conspirators to war crimes. Both of their actions rise to the level of high crimes of treasonous offenses that present clear and present dangers to the citizens of the international community.—

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