Senior writer Mary Katharine Ham joined CNN’s “The Lead” with host Jake Tapper on Wednesday to discuss Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Ham responded to concerns that this move is going to embolden Hamas members and prompt Palestinian uprisings.
“It is not an extreme move to acknowledge that the capital of Israel is the capital of Israel,” she said. “I think there is merit in calling an apple an apple. It is the capital. There is no dispute that West Jerusalem and those facilities would remain the capital in a two-state solution.”
Ham said that despite the risks or safety concerns, Trump’s actions really could change the dynamics.
“We should not let the rioters veto, or violence veto, govern our foreign policy,” she said. “We’ve been doing this for many many decades with out a ton of success.”