How stupid can you get? That’s the question I keep asking myself after reading the reactions to U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no plan B,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the decision “regrettable” and affirmed “the attachment of France and Europe to the two-state solution.”
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg twittered that she is “very anxious about American decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This can lead the parties further away from the negotiation table. Jerusalem’s status must be solved through negotiations.”
Sweden’s anti-semitic Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom condemns the decision and says that “the Swedish engagement for a two-state solution remains.”
Now, let’s get some facts straight. The world has tried to impose a two-state solution on the Jews and Arabs of the western part of the former British Mandate of Palestine since the Peel Commission first suggested this solution in 1937. In the 80 years that have passed since then, the United Nations, several Israeli governments, several American presidents, and the Middle East Quartet consisting of the UN, the USA, the EU and Russia have time and time again failed to achieve peace through a two-state solution. Why?
The simple answer is that the Palestinians don’t want to have a state. They said no to a state in 1937, in 1947, in 1948, continuously between 1949-1967, in 1967, in 2000, in 2008. And after Barack Obama became president and started putting unilateral pressure on Israel, the leadership of the Palestinian Arabs even refused to meet with Israel to negotiate an Israeli offer of a Palestinian state. As President Trump said today, “It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.”
The past 80 years of Middle East history has clearly shown that there will never be a Palestinian state. It’s time to grow up and realize the reality, dear Guterres, Macron, Solberg, Wallstrom, and all other political leaders who still cling to the pie-in-the-sky dream of a two-state solution. And even if there would be a Palestinian state, West-Jerusalem would anyway be the capital of Israel. So, why not join the USA and the Czech Republic and do the only sane thing just for once?