'We recognized J'lem as Israel's capital because it's the truth'

US State Dept deputy spokesman discusses Jerusalem recognition and its impact on Middle East on first anniversary of Trump's move.

Nitzan Keidar ,


US Department of State Deputy Spokesman Robert Palladino spoke with reporters Tuesday night, discussing the administration's reaction to the results of its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the embassy transfer - a year after President Trump announced his historic move.

President Truman was the first to recognize Israel 70 years ago, and since then Jerusalem has been the seat of the Israeli government and the seat of its parliament, Supreme Court, President's Residence, and Prime Minister's Residence.

"For decades, the United States has rejected recognition of this basic reality because of the desire to achieve peace - but we have not even come close to an agreement," he explained.

The journalists tried to sharpen the question and lead Palladino at least to say the embassy transfer did not help the peace process, but he would not allow himself to be drawn into this trap.

"The same old methods used by the administrations over the years have clearly failed. Continuing to act exactly the same way and expect a change - this is foolishness. The old challenges require new treatment methods, and that's how the current administration works. All in all, we looked at reality squarely in the eyes, on all the significant issues. We need to take off the table a number of issues that are bothering the sides and we continue to move forward."

He was also asked about the timing of the publication of the Trump Administration's "Deal of the Century" plan. Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner are working hard on it. The program will be published when time is ripe. We're committed to achieving peace and a rosy future for Israel and the Palestinians and will continue to act towards this purpose," he said.