Dec. 8, 2017
EU Vows Push to Make Jerusalem Capital for Palestinians Too – Robin Emmott
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini pledged on Thursday to reinvigorate diplomacy to ensure Palestinians have a capital in Jerusalem, after President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital. “We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both,” she said. The EU believes it has a duty to make its voice heard as the Palestinians’ biggest aid donor and Israel’s top trade partner. (Reuters)
See also Israel to EU: “Denying Truth Distances Peace” – Itamar Eichner
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded Thursday to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s statement that President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital may “return us to dark days.”
“Insisting on denying Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is disavowing an undisputable historical fact. Any denial of this simple truth distances peace by creating expectations detached from reality in Palestinians,” the ministry said. “President Trump has taken a courageous, righteous step that increases the chances of peace by speaking the truth.” (Ynet News)
Czech Republic Wants to Move Embassy to Jerusalem – Noa Landau (Ha’aretz)
President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman said Thursdaythat, as he proclaimed during his visit to Israel four years ago, he “would appreciate the transfer of the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem, and had it happened, we would have been the first to do so. Now we may sooner or later follow the United States.”
“Every country has the right to decide upon the location of its embassy.”
The Czech Republic’s Foreign Ministry announced Tuesdaythat it recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Last May, the Czech parliament voted to recognize Jerusalem, along the 1967 lines, as the capital of Israel.
The U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is 68 years overdue. Jerusalem was established as the capital of Israel on December 13, 1949. At the time the U.S. was still attached to the idea, proposed in the UN partition resolution of 1947, that greater Jerusalem should be governed by the international community. This fiction never existed anywhere but on paper because the Arabs rejected the partition proposal and started a war to prevent it from being realized.
So the U.S. chose a policy that held the status of Israel’s capital hostage to a fiction that never had a chance of existing. Trump’s declaration finally puts an end to this nonsensical policy. The writer, a senior fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute, is a former Knesset member. (Atlantic)