Noam Chomsky on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel : Trump remains focused on his need to maintain support Jewish donors

12/19/2017 6:04:00 PM

Tehran(KNA) : We had an exclusive interview with Professor Noam Chomsky about Donald Trump’s decision about recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the American Embassy there, upending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and potentially destroying his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

This decision has generated a series of reactions in Palestine and around the world and even western countries.

Many western thinkers reacted to this decision. One of these persons is professor Noam Chomsky. Professor Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist who has a lot of works on Israel and Palestine relationship.

Chomsky is a one of the most influential scientists and respected intellectuals of our time and is one of the most important critics of liberalism and Trump’s policy.

 we have had an interview with him and asked him to explain his point of view about this issue.

We asked professor Chomsky that What does he think about recent decision by Trump about recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and what is his end for this decision?

He explained in answer that as in the case of Trump’s actions generally, he knows and cares little about what the impact might be on the people and societies of the world.  Rather, apart from satisfying his megalomania, he remains focused on his need to maintain support among his popular base, in this case, primarily Evangelical Christians and rich Jewish donors.

Evangelical Protestantism is a worldwide movement within Protestant Christianity which maintains the belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ's atonement.

But why this group support Trump? We asked this question of Professor Chomsky.

 They are a huge voting bloc in the US. He said. They strongly support Israel, on their interpretation of the Bible.  Some even look forward to Armageddon.  And it reaches to high places, like President George W. Bush. He answered.

Then Professor Chomsky focused on Trump’s policy and continued:

He(Trump) can count on support from the truly important sector of American society, private wealth and corporate power, because of the enormous gifts he is lavishing on them while diverting attention with his regular antics.

For the last question, we asked him What should Muslims in America do? Is it enough to protest against Trump and his policy? Are you optimistic about Muslims residence in America? Are they able to prevent Trump to transfer America's embassy to Jerusalem?

The world should react by building an alliance to protect the rights of Palestinians and curb the destructive actions of the Republican administration and its dangerous leader, not just on this matter. .

The options available are education, organization, electoral politics, lobbying,… -- all can be used effectively.  I don’t think there is a serious threat to Muslims in America now.  I can recall the days when we were taking a weekend off in the country and had to look for motels that did not have the sign “Restricted”. It’s been overcome.He answered

Moving the embassy is still in dispute, and serious activism might make a difference.  Not just Muslims.

Total number of comments: 1
  1. Trump’s actions on the matter of acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ,as well as his intention to move the U.S. embassy there, Is but another example of Donald Trump’s complete inability to grasp the consequences of his ignorant statements, declarations, actions.

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