Aggravation instead of Reconciliation
"With his plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Donald Trump deliberately pours oil on the fire of the Middle East conflict and provokes the entire Islamic, but also the Christian world and humanity as a whole," says Gregor Gysi, President of the European Left, criticizing the plans of the US President. Gysi continues:
"For decades, the status of Jerusalem has been part of the struggle for a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict, a city shaped like no other by important Christian, Jewish and Muslim holy sites, which has great significance both religiously and politically, not only for Israelis and Palestinians, also for the entire Christian, Jewish, Islamic, other and non-religious world.
In 1948, the United Nations decided to found the state of Israel in order to provide the Jews, after the Holocaust, with the right to their own statehood, lasting protection, a guarantee of life and perspective. This was related to the fact that people without Jewish faith can live equally in Israel. In addition, the UN decided in 1948 to found a state of Palestine. While there is the state of Israel, the Palestinians are still waiting to realize their claim. Like the Israelis, they have a right to security, independence and sovereignty. In accordance with all UN decisions, the state of Palestine is to be proclaimed and recognized within the 1967 borders.
This excludes a one-sided claim of Israel on Jerusalem as the capital. An exchange of territories can only be agreed between the sovereign states of Israel and the future Palestine. The Israeli settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which is in violation of international law and condemned by the UN Security Council, undermines the efforts for a peace in the Middle East, which includes a two-state solution from which Israeli politicians increasingly refrain.
Either there is an understanding between Israel and Palestine regarding Jerusalem, or an international solution is being created for Jerusalem to secure the claim of all believers and humanity in this historically unique city. The international community would then be responsible for the safety of the people of Jerusalem, the preservation of all religious and cultural sites, the freedom to practice any religion, and the enhancement of the quality of life in the city.
With his plans for unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, US President Trump does not support a solution and provokes Islamist riots worldwide. That makes the policy against terrorism implausible. One must not withdraw one of the most important religious sites such as the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount to Islam indirectly in this way. Peace in the Middle East, the fair two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, is a long way off. As we have seen, this is dangerous and completely irresponsible, especially in times when there are many fires in the Middle East. The intention of the US President does not make Israel, the region or humanity safer. On the contrary."