Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, speaks to journalists following meeting of the Security Council, UN photo by Amanda Voisard, via Flickr CC
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 708
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There was a time when the world united against Galileo, who had defied holy teachings by stating that the Earth is neither flat nor the center of the universe, but revolves around the sun. President Trump’s acknowledgment that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital was also a plain statement of fact, one that Arabs and Muslims insist the West must simply wish away. “Eppur si muove,” said Galileo: the earth moves whether one acknowledges it or not. The same applies to the fact that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem.