Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Not too long ago, the United Nations General Assembly voted and denied the Jewish state's ties to Jerusalem as part of several anti-Israel resolutions. Most world leaders and the media remained silent. No Jewish protesters burst into riots to burn flags, throw stones and threaten that “the gate of hell is open.” Like many others, The Baltimore Sun sat still and did not express any concern that this action “did not advance U.S. interests” (“Jerusalem: A self-defeating provocation,” Dec. 7).

For many, rocking the Jewish state's boat has always been cool. The fact that both King David and King Solomon established the Jewish control over Jerusalem and built magnificent temples was not even a consideration for the UN, nor for other world leaders who remained silent. Now, when President Donald Trump declares that Israel has a tie to Jerusalem, the outcry and outrage is high. According The Sun, “it’s going to drive Palestinians away from the peace process entirely and embolden the hard-liners who would rather be throwing rocks than words.” This is absurd!

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First, since when should fear of terrorists' threats of violence be used as an "excuse" to deny the truth? The hard-liners, including their “soft-liners,” already have made up their minds long ago to promote jihad and martyrdom and pay terrorists generously for killing Israeli citizens. Palestinians have turned down several peace agreements offered by several Israeli prime ministers. Their kids have been subjugated to hash propaganda designed to teach them the Jewish state doesn't have right to exist. Their well-orchestrated and well-funded propaganda to delegitimize the Jewish state is thriving.

The acceptance and "justification" of Palestinian violence, tolerating their refusal to accept the Jewish state's right to exist and teaching their kids to hate Jews is fundamentally part of the problem in dealing with the Middle East conflict.

Ziva Giliya, Timonium

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