According to the opinion of some, United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump made a strategic error when he announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his country’s intention to move their embassy to the capital city. One of the people who are of that opinion is former United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, according to a recent interview he did in Ynet.
Shapiro went on record and said that: “While it’s appropriate to recognize Jerusalem, and even move the embassy there, it’s only part of the story. It would have been more prudent to not postpone his peace plan but present it then and there.”
Shapiro added: “The declaration was appropriate, I think, because the fact is Jerusalem is indeed the capital, and there are some people who attempt to deny the obvious—both Palestinians and in United Nations resolutions or elsewhere. But I also think President Trump missed an opportunity to promote our strategic interest, which is an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the two-state solution.”
Maintaining that the move was a smart one, Shapiro also said that he believes the Palestinian statements disqualifying the US as a fair arbiter in the peace process were out of line. “It’s not serious. I’d recommend for them to meet with Vice President Mike Pence this week. Maybe they need a little more time to fully appreciate what they heard, but I think they won’t have any other choice but to resume work with the US, because it and it alone can mediate and help the Palestinians achieve their goals.”
Shapiro questioned the tactic used to exclude the issuing of a coherent and comprehensive statement aimed at restarting peace talks. “It wasn’t what they said, but what they didn’t say. Palestinians and also Muslims and Arabs interested in an agreement have a justifiable question: what can they expect to receive at the end of the process?”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)