MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
OK, to improved know how Palestinians see President Trump’s preference to announce Jerusalem a collateral of Israel, we spoke with Husam Zomlot. He’s a Palestinian envoy to a U.S. here in Washington and a pivotal confidant to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. we asked Ambassador Zomlot what he creates of today’s news.
HUSAM ZOMLOT: It’s really unfortunate. This is a black day for assent in a Middle East. The U.S. boss has entirely adopted a account not usually of Israel indeed yet a really impassioned elements within Israel adult opposite everybody else – adult opposite a world, adult opposite a will for achieving a durability and durable assent since in one announcement, this has shop-worn 3 categorical things.
The initial is a purpose of go-between – a honest go-between of a U.S. that it has postulated for a final 25 years. It has shop-worn a basement of a two-state resolution that has been permitted by a U.S. and by a general accord since a heart of a two-state resolution is a standing of Jerusalem. And a proclamation currently has taken usually one side – one really slight side – of a story.
And a third repairs is a assent camp, if we may, who have kept their wish for a solution. And currently it was a blow for a allies of America and a present to a extremists, to a anarchists who wish to see this dispute a eremite one rather than a domestic and authorised one that could be resolved.
KELLY: Will we keep articulate to a U.S.? Will we continue this bid to find a solution, that a U.S. historically has led?
ZOMLOT: Well, that’s a doubt for a Palestinian leadership, that will be convening really shortly to plead this really grave matter. And then…
KELLY: But we pronounce for a Palestinian leadership. What do we think?
ZOMLOT: Yes, yet this has usually happened, so we will wait until that assembly happens. we can contend now that this proclamation would be a self-inflicted suspension of a U.S. for a purpose of mediator.
KELLY: You’re vocalization about a probability that this might interrupt a assent process, yet was there most of a assent routine underway?
ZOMLOT: Yes, there was, and we sealed agreements here in a White House. And a Oslo assent routine did not strech a final destination. But during slightest wish was still there. Commitment was still there. Investment was still there. There was so…
KELLY: You felt that even with a Trump administration…
ZOMLOT: Yes, yes, yes, underneath – yes.
KELLY: …Over these final new months?
ZOMLOT: That’s since – we know, a feeling we have privately – since we was a approach rendezvous from a Palestinian side with a Trump administration, on a unchanging basis, we felt it was a remarkable gash in a behind since we were going in a instruction of a ultimate deal.
KELLY: If we may, though, does this come out of nowhere, out of a blue? President Trump pronounced in his debate he was going to do this. He never stopped observant that.
ZOMLOT: Every boss before him has done that guarantee before elections and during a choosing campaign, and each boss has sealed a waiver not to pierce a embassy since each boss satisfied that that would invalidate immediately a U.S. to be a mediator, and that would also broach a blow to a prospects for assent in a Middle East.
KELLY: We have seen photos of protests in Gaza. There have been calls for Palestinians to start 3 days of rage. What is a summary from a Palestinian management to Palestinians now? What is a suitable response on a ground?
ZOMLOT: Well, a summary is really transparent – that we have strategically adopted non-violence – popular, pacific protests like happened in Jerusalem usually in July, if we remember, regulating a request mattress as a routine of resistance. This is a vital choice for us. That’s since we are reverting to general legitimacy. That’s since we go to a U.N. to see…
KELLY: So we are job on Palestinians if they wish to criticism peaceful, non-violent protests.
ZOMLOT: Yes, positively peaceful. Violence will play in a hands of a enemies of peace. We wish it to be peaceful. This is going to check things. But hopefully we will get to a conditions whereby assent will prevail. In a city of assent – that is Jerusalem – we resolutely trust that assent is most stronger than all these efforts. And we trust America will come behind again. And we’ll make certain that it will be a writer to a means of peace.
KELLY: Ambassador Zomlot, appreciate you.
ZOMLOT: Thank we really most for carrying me.
KELLY: Husam Zomlot – he’s a Palestinian Ambassador to a United States and one of many voices we are conference on a uncover currently reacting to news that a U.S. will commend Jerusalem as a collateral of Israel.
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