Joint Arab List Knesset members raised signs declaring “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began his speech at the Knesset on Jan.22. Not east Jerusalem, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas emphasizes in speeches. This was meant to be a counterweight to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel without mentioning its borders.
The statement on the sign raises a number of problems
First, there is not, nor has there ever been, a state with the name of Palestine. Jerusalem was never a capital for the Palestinians, who are a recently established nation that never took advantage of the right to self-determination they are claiming, even though it was offered to them several times. Jerusalem was for many years the capital of a state belonging to the Jewish people.