Transcript for Violence erupts as US Embassy in Jerusalem opens
In anyway case, Israel is on edge right now. Yesterday the first daughter Ivanka Trump and treasury secretary Steve mnuchin celebrated the controversial U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem. Just a few miles away, 58 Palestinian protestors were killed and 2700 more were injured. I think people are questioning just the optics of what looks like a big party where people are saying, you know, we also live here, so how's this -- I mean, we used to be known as the peace makers, you know, and now it feels a little like we might be part of the problem. What do you think? . . Well, the white house response I think has been divisive somewhat because trump said in a recorded message at the ceremony, he said our greatest hope is for peace, yet you have 58 Palestinians were killed and more than 2700 were injured in gaza and many of the protestors were unarmed and they were shot and killed. Some did throw rocks. And now you have the white house -- I guess the principal deputy press secretary saying that hamas bears responsibility for the deaths because it planned the protests where the Palestinians were shot. And I think that is just perhaps not the right message to send if you truly are the broker of peace in the Middle East which is what -- I know as much as Jared Kushner does about the middle East. So I don't know what to weigh in but it just looks bad to me. That's all I have to say. My understanding was this move was a long time in the making but no one actually made the move, and I think that was because they were trying to keep more of a middle ground between both countries and people, and so I think this was the move which is we've now chosen a side and this is where we stand. Yeah, I mean, this is a campaign promise that has been happening for a really long time. Bill Clinton, president bush, president Obama alluded to it in 2008 saying, I continue to say that Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel and I have said that before and I will say it again. It is worth noting that hamas is declared a terrorist organization by the European court of justice. I think Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East. I think our relationship with them is vitally important for a host of reasons including geopolitical -- this one means a lot to me, honestly. I wish sometimes -- right in this moment I really have my issues, having a lot of pain and anguish about the trump administration. It's hard for me to give them any wins because personally it's hard for me to give them anything right now but this one, I'm happy to see this campaign promise fulfilled. I am concerned, you know, because I believe that the Jews and Palestinians can and should be living together. Yes. On that land. And I don't think that any one side should have done this. I don't think we should have done this at all, and now we've lost our -- I feel lost a bit of credibility because the Palestinians also feel that that's their land too. They've -- you know, they've lived their life there. That's their blood also. And so there has to be a way. And the problem for me is, you know, what is the message? We're saying we don't care what you think, Palestinians, and I don't think that's the message that any of the former presidents wanted to send. I think they felt that there could be a way to do it. But you know, this is going to be going on for a while, so we'll keep our eyes on it. Can I say one thing? Sure. Just about the fact that he is making -- this was a campaign promise. Well, he seems to be representing only a smaller portion of the country than the majority. But chuck Schumer supports it as well. I don't care about chuck Schumer either. But so what. I think it had bipartisan support over the years, didn't it? Clinton, Obama. But they saw what would happen. Chuck Schumer supports it as well. He isn't president but he is a very powerful democratic senator. I'm sure it's got lots of support. I don't think it's the best thing for us given that we have so many Palestinians and so many Jews and so many Egyptians. There's a lot of people that live with us that we also want to make part of our -- to make lies with us. That's the problem. If you want true peace in the Middle East which is what Jared Kushner was sup working towards, you cannot have peace and a peace process without Palestinian involvement. You cannot have it. So if you choose a side and say this is what I'm going to do, you're effectively saying you're not going to work for peace. Yeah. Maybe they don't really want it. So as I said, we will stick with this. It's not a story that's going away. And we're going to continue to talk about it and it's going to make a lot of people uncomfortable. Yeah. But this is one of those things that, you know, this is the world we're I and our world is incompassed by so many and the decisions that are being made are being made in our name and we should have these conversations.
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