Ed: Last I heard, Phil, Eastern Jerusalem is majority Muslim. And the historical fact is that the Muslims aren't looking to take it over, they're looking to get it back from the people that took it from their grandparents.
That's a delusional statement per countless documented statements by Muslim leaders about Jerusalem - not to mention the State of Israel. Do just a bit of reasearch, Ed!
Ed: I'm hardly an expert on the peace process, but my understanding is that the only way to move forward is with a divided Jerusalem serving as the capital of both the Israeli and Palestinian states.
Palestinian violence against the Jewish civilian population has been relentless. Why in the heck would Israel subject it's sovereignty and security by conceding ANY authority over Jerusalem?
Ed: ... so I expect the Palestinians would keep their word.
Ed: And finally, if you truly believe that the conflict between the Israelis and their Muslim neighbors is the result of the Koran, rather than the Israeli annexation of Palestine then I have no idea how to move forward. That's just crackers...
That's because you don't realize that at the heart of this conflict are the religiously driven political beliefs. And, for Muslims, the Quran is their Bible. And all you need to do to connect the dots is to read what it says about Christians and Jews - of which it vilifies as corrupters of Allah's ways. So their hatred is built into their faith - you can't change that.
Not to mention, we have a state TODAY - a democracy with secure borders and peaceful intentions - one that is surrounded by nations that hate them and have attacked them repeatedly. The UN sold the whole "land for peace" fiction, and we can see what that produced for Israel - just more violence. Look at the statement by Hamas and the PA, the PLO. So, do you think violence is warranted because of actions of my great grandfather or yours against someone else's? By that belief, we should just disrupt most of North America and turn sovereignty over to Spain, France and England - or more recently, Mexico. So the people who weren't alive when modern Israel was created, whose grandfathers, great grandfathers were impacted by whatever others ALSO no longer alive - that justifies raging violence and killings today? That's a legitimate response? And this is the mentality of the Arab and Muslim world around Israel - which is precisely why it will not concede ANY of it's sovereignty. Just look at the map, and see what Israel is up against.
But none of that is to say that Israel hasn't made mistakes. Like every nation, it has historical baggage. And the move by Trump is politically driven - and likely not a helpful one. But these same maniacs would also attack the U.S. over our recognition of a sovereign state to declare its own capital. The Turkish ambassador speaking as if that is a reasonable response. I'm sure someone or some group caused great harm to by GG grandfather - so I'm gonna burn down the houses of those peoples' relatives living today in response? I'm gonna go march to grab their lands? THAT is the problem - people who think generationally and are willing to commit violence or warfare to achieve their views of justice.