US President Donald Trump has followed up his historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by now determining that there are no “Palestinians” in the Holy City.
The US State Department’s annual global report on human rights was released on Wednesday, and it contained a surprising change.
While all past reports referred to the “Palestinians in East Jerusalem” or the “Palestinian residents of Jerusalem,” this latest edition now calls them simply “Arab residents” or “non-Israeli citizens possessing Jerusalem identity cards issued by the Israeli government.”
In explaining the change, the report noted that “the Palestinian Authority exercises no authority over Jerusalem.”
A senior US official cited by The Jerusalem Post further stated that the Trump Administration “strives to make decisions based on facts and reality, and decisions can only be made based on the truth.”
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Palestinian Authority maintains as part of its negotiating platform that the Jewish people have no history in Jerusalem.
While past American presidents have all paid lip service to the Jews’ historical and biblical connection to Jerusalem, Trump is the first to actually make it part of US foreign policy.