Dec. 9, 2017
After US President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the New York Times decided to explain to its readers just what the Jerusalem issue is all about. Unfortunately The Jerusalem Issue, Explained by Max Fisher exposed once again the Times’ own bias and ignorance when it comes to Israel.
Fisher gets it wrong right from the start:
Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their political capital and as a sacred religious site. Israel controls the entirety of the city. Any peace deal would need to resolve that.The city’s status has been disputed, at least officially, since the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Before that, the United Nations had designated Jerusalem as a special international zone. During the war, Israel seized the city’s western half. It seized the eastern half during the next Arab-Israeli war, in 1967.
Did the United Nations designate Jerusalem as “a special international zone.” No it did not. Instead the United Nations General Assembly passed…..