Dermer: Trump's Jerusalem move is 'shock therapy' for Palestinians
US President Donald Trumpâs recent moves on Jerusalem constituted âshock therapyâ against Palestinian rejectionism, which is the real obstacle to peace, Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said in Washington.
Dermer was speaking at an event in the Senate on Tuesday where former Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold gave a presentation to about 100 legislators, congressional staffers and think tank members titled âJerusalem: Whatâs at stake.â
Dermer said that there is no peace today between Israel and the Palestinians because of a Palestinian refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the right of the Jews to a state in Israel within any boundaries.
âThat is why the Palestinians try to deny any h istorical connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem,â he said. âBecause to admit this connection is to admit that the Jewish people arenât foreign colonialists in the Land of Israel; that Israel for the Jewish people is not India for the British, or Algeria for the French, or the Congo for the Belgians â" but that this is the land of our ancestors.â
The minute the Palestinians recognize a Jewish connection to Jerusalem, he said, the whole edifice of Palestinian rejectionism would begin to collapse, because it would mean that the Jewish people are in Israel ânot merely by might, but by right.â
âDealing with this Palestinian rejectionism is critical if you are going to advance peace, and the rejectionism is strongest, and of course most absurd, when it comes to Jerusalem,â he said.
Dermer mocked the phrase that Palestinian officials often use â" that Israel is trying to âJudaize Jerusalem,â saying this is akin to saying that the Chinese are â Sino-fyingâ Beijing, or the Russians are âRusso-fyingâ Moscow.
Dermer said that while he understands why the Palestinians are trying to deny a Jewish connection to Jerusalem, he does not understand why the world tolerates it and even applauds it, as it did when it adopted UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in December 2016, a resolution that essentially stated that the Western Wall is in occupied Palestinian territory.
âTo advance peace, you must confront this Palestinian rejectionism,â he said, âand that is precisely what President Trump did when he recognized Jerusalem as our capital. It is shock therapy for Palestinian rejectionism. And it is actually, in my view, one of the first positive things that has been done to advance peace in decades.â
He said that by recognizing the Jewish peopleâs historical connection to Jerusalem, Trump âlaid an important cornerstone for peace.â
Gold, the head of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said tha t Trumpâs announcement also âeffectively put to restâ the idea of a corpus separatum â" or internationalization â" of Jerusalem, an idea that he said has persisted up until today.
âWhen President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israelâs capital, he effectively put to rest the internationalization idea,â Gold said. âHe was also correcting decades of diplomatic distortions at the United Nations. Finally, he was fulfilling the Jerusalem Embassy Act from 1995, that bipartisan initiative cosponsored by senators Tom Daschle and Bob Dole, calling for moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
That was the accepted position across the American political spectrum and across our political spectrum.
âThis,â he said, âwas the greatest gift the United States could give to Israel on the 70th anniversary of its birth.â
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