President Donald Trump made a big blunder that has the entire world, with the exception of a few insignificant states, reject a decision that even had members of his administration shaking their heads. In the wake of Trump’s proclamation that Jerusalem, (the eastern part of which is occupied Palestinian territory) is Israel’s capital, news just came in that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is boycotting Trump and his so-called peace process. Trump has said that he wants to make the ‘ultimate deal’ between the Palestinians and Israelis but in the wake of Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, the Palestinians don’t see Trump as an honest broker and are therefore ditching him. Here’s what the Times Of Israel reported:
Abbas canceled a planned meeting last week with US Vice President Mike Pence (who subsequently postponed his entire trip to the region because of domestic imperatives), and made plain that neither he nor any PA leaders would meet with Trump peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, who has been here in recent days. Abbas said last week that he would not accept any Trump administration peace plan and reiterated that the US could no longer serve as a peace broker. Now, the TV report said, Abbas has instructed the entire PA apparatus to sever contacts with all US officials, including those at the US consulate.
Trump went against all previous U.S. administrations who adhered to United Nations resolutions that highlight the eastern part of Jerusalem as a Palestinian city. Israel has been colonizing the city with Israeli settlements since it conquered it in 1967. Here’s what UN Resolution 465 has to say about Israel’s presence and settlement building in the city:
All measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel’s policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.
In response to Trump’s decision, the United Nations just passed another resolution condemning the move, leaving the United States isolated and on the wrong side of history. Israel has committed countless human rights violations against the Palestinians amid international outcry.