USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer appears on CBS News opposite Dani Dayan, current consul general of Israel, to provide a critical perspective on Trump’s announcement of US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Watch the segment here.
Dani Dayan, the current consul general of Israel, praised Mr. Trump’s announcement to CBS News’ Elaine Quijano. Dayan said Mr. Trump is “completely right — Jerusalem is the capital of Israel for 70 years, the capital for the Jewish people for 3,000 years.”
Dayan insisted there would be “no change on the ground,” but Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, disagreed.
“But the truth of the matter is because you have such a dramatic imbalance of power between a very strong Israeli state and a stateless Palestinian people – one side, the Israelis, is the only side capable of creating these realities on the ground,” Munayyer said.
Munayyer said that the United States has attempted to act as a mediator between Israelis and Palestinians in the peace process, but Mr. Trump has now “reversed that position.”
“The very few people who still believed that the peace process moderated by Washington would result in a just peace — that is not going to happen,” Munayyer said.