Bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families beg Trump reconsider Jerusalem move
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Six hundred Israeli and Palestinian families who lost loved ones in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict sent an open letter to United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday, in an appeal for him to reconsider his expected decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“We beg you to reconsider your decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy to Jerusalem, only after a peace agreement is signed and with the agreement of both sides,” urged the families in unison.
In an emotional letter, the parents wrote that “we have killed each other in the name of the love of Jerusalem but we, who understand the consequences of the violence, understand that when we meet each other under the ground the only winners are the graves.”
The families are members of the Parents Circle, a joint forum established in 1995 for those who have lost loved ones in the decades-long conflict.
Aiming to create a framework of reconciliation for the two sides and working towards an end to violence, they engage in advocacy work promoting dialogue over violence, and understanding over opposition, according to their website.
“You have expressed your desire to end this conflict and look for a way to peace for both sides” appealed the families, “but the consequences of your decision are dire.”
“You cannot possibly want to ruin the last vestige of hope we have to protect our children, by placing another nail in the coffin of peace,” the letter concluded.
Written in the name of and signed by 600 families “who have all lost children, sisters, brothers, husbands and wives to a conflict,” they stated that this conflict “should have ended long ago.”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has claimed thousands of lives on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides.
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I can understand Palestinians signing this letter, but Jews refusing the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Thankfully these Jewish families belong to the left & today represent a dwindling part of Israel
I sympathize with these families who are afraid that additional violence and death will follow the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But their plea to defer any decision 'til after a peace agreement is delusional - Palestinian society and its government will never accept Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. So, the U.S. might as well go ahead and declare acceptance of what is historically, archeologically, and legally valid: Jerusalem in its entirety is forever the capital of the State of Israel.
Trump is imposing a reality check on the FAKE foreign policy of the Western capitals.
@ last a DOER!