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Mainstream, VOL LVI No 1 New Delhi December 23, 2017 - Annual Number

Socialist Party’s Statement on Donald Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem

Sunday 24 December 2017

The following is the Socialist Party’s, statement on US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. The statement was issued by the President, of the Socialist Party, Dr Prem Singh, on December 9, 2017.

The Socialist Party believes that the unilateral and arbitrary announcement of Donald Trump, the US President, to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to shift the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to this city is coercive and dangerous, to say the least, for the already violent conflict-ridden world. This decision taken by him will not only worsen the situation further in West Asia and in the Muslim world by making the present and the coming generations more vulnerable, particularly in Palestine-Israel territories, but will also create dangers for the lives of common innocent citizens the world over. This is specifically important keeping in view the operating nexus between arms dealers and unchecked terrorist outfits.

The Socialist Party views this decision of Trump as a clever manoeuvring to divert attention from the internal contradictions/problems that his one-year old regime is facing at home which includes the promoting of business interests of his favourites in the region. At the same time, it is again a well-planned strategy to keep the conflict, aggravated by the deepening crisis of capitalist system, always at a safe distance from America and the European part of the globe.

The US Ambassador in the UN Security Council, echoing Trump’s argument, has stated that the decision is a simple acceptance of reality. It means that the US has decided against the two-nation solution of the Palestine-Israel dispute having their common capital in Jerusalem. Thus this bizarre leap is directed towards implementing the inherent intention of the US regarding the Palestine-Israel dispute, that is, making a myth of the reality, that is, Palestine, and making a reality of the myth, that is, Israel!

It comes as a good ray of hope that the UN as well as several other nations, including some allies of the US in world diplomacy, have opposed this decision terming it as one which is against all international laws, treaties, and agreements held time to time at various levels in world forums.

The Socialist Party appeals to the world community, including Americans who still adhere to the wisdom of equality, freedom and democracy, to exert pressure on Donald Trump to withdraw his decision. As suggested by the members of the UN Security Council and several nations, a peaceful two-nation solution should be arrived at between Palestinians and Israelis at the earliest. Only a solution of this kind would end the agony of the common citizens as well as the security forces, who have been leading a life of trauma for a long time.

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