The White House is telling us that Trump reaffirmed his commitment to peace talks in the calls he made today to President Abbas, King Abdullah and President El-Sisi:
White House: In calls with MidEast leaders today, Pres. Trump "reaffirmed his commitment to advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks" and "the leaders also discussed potential decisions regarding Jerusalem."
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) December 5, 2017
I’m beginning to think this is just lip service because once he makes the announcement tomorrow that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, that’s gonna blow up any notion of peace talks. Which is fine because the are just a facade anyway. They need to be blown up.
Now I won’t go as far to say as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and having peace talks are mutually exclusive, but they might as well be. I just don’t see how the Palestinians would ever trust Trump after this. Again, totally fine with me as that’s the way it should be.
So unless Trump backs down from this announcement tomorrow, I’m not going to hyperventilate over this acknowledgement by the White House.
In related new, the US Consulate General in Jerusalem just restricted travel to Jerusalem: