A smart move, a just move: Trump recognises Jerusalem

President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognised that the Eiffel Tower is in Paris, that the Pope is indeed a Catholic, and that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel. Rumour has it that he will soon break precedent with world leaders everywhere and declare that the square root of nine is three

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On 7 December 2017 10:26

With the BBC in a state of meltdown, Arab and Muslim countries calling it the end of the world as they know it, and European governments in a tangle again over matters Jewish, all the signs were there that someone somewhere had just done something very, very right.

And so it was. President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognised that the Eiffel Tower is in Paris, that the Pope is indeed a Catholic, and that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel. Rumour has it that he will soon break precedent with world leaders everywhere and declare that the square root of nine is three.

It tells you a lot about the Israel-Palestine conflict that merely telling the truth about it is considered controversial. Not a single one of the outraged pundits and politicians disagrees that Jerusalem is in fact the capital of Israel. The Knesset, the offices of the prime minister and the president, and the ministries of government aren't in Tel Aviv, they're in Jerusalem. 

That is where the business of government is done and that is where Israel's capital is located.

As for the Palestinians, Trump has left open the question of precisely how Jerusalem's borders will one day be finally defined. And let us remember that the Palestinians would already have a state with east Jerusalem as its capital had they not persistently rejected the two state solution that Israel has been offering them since at least 1947.

There we go again. Telling the truth about a conflict the world would rather leave saturated in lies. Because that strategy has really yielded results, hasn't it?

Donald Trump is right that we need a new approach. Honesty about some of the basics is a good place to start. 

 

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