Denouncing the U.S. president’s decision to recognize al-Quds as the capital of Israel, Mr. Lendman said “Trump and the entire Congress support Israel’s worst crimes.”
“Washington never was and isn’t now an honest broker on any issues – never to be trusted by anyone,” he noted.
In what follows, the full transcript of the interview has been presented.
BP: U.S. President Donald Trump has recognized al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel. The move has angered Muslims across the world. What should we expect from this?
A: Trump drove an added stake into the heart of the moribund peace process, the greatest hoax in modern times, along with America’s phony war on terror.
He also exposed what everyone aware of America’s agenda already knew. Washington never was and isn’t now an honest broker on any issues – never to be trusted by anyone.
BP: What would be the consequences of such action, especially in the region?
A: It’s clear how deeply offended Palestinians are by his action. Four days of clashes throughout the West Bank and Gaza injured over 1,100 Palestinians, killing six – four in Gaza, two others in the West Bank by my latest count, based on the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. I’m sure numbers increase hourly.
BP: Putting aside their difference, the regional nation have, in unison, condemned the move. Is the move likely to backfire on Israel and the United States?
A: Condemnation by regional nations and Western ones was rhetorical only, nothing being done by these countries to hold Israel accountable, no sanctions or other punitive measures imposed.
Netanyahu was right saying the only nation concerning him is America. Trump and the entire Congress support Israel’s worst crimes.
BP: President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman followed Trump’s lead. He also said he was “truly happy” about the decision. What could you say about this?
A: The Czech prime minister, I believe the incoming one, opposes moving the country’s embassy to Jerusalem. No other Western country intends making the move.
BP: Palestinian officials told Reuters that Saudi Arabia has been working for weeks behind the scenes to press them to support a nascent U.S. peace plan. What’s your analysis?
A: I wrote about Saudi Arabia making Abbas an offer he couldn’t accept – throwing Palestinians under the bus, allying with Israel against Iran.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said talks with Washington were cut off in the wake of Trump’s action.
My response was saying maybe only until next week or next month. We’ll see how far Abbas and other PA officials bend after denouncing Trump’s declaration.
Rhetoric is meaningless. Action alone matters. I’ve said many times ignore what politicians say. Follow only what they do.
Things look grim for Palestinians. Of course they never looked good, even after Oslo, a Palestinian Versailles, Israel getting everything it wanted, Palestinians getting nothing but empty promises.
Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host. He currently writes for MoneyNewsNow.com, VeteransToday.com and VeteransNewsNow.com. He also hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.