The New York Times reported on Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017: 'WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City. “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Mr. Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.” ... Recognizing Jerusalem, he added, was “a long overdue step to advance the peace process.” ... The announcement, officials said, was recognition of current and historic reality. West Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, and recognizing it as such would remove ambiguity from the American position, they said.' During the Bush administration in 2004, the New York Times on Oct 17, 2004, had reported on the nature of this “reality” constructed by history's actors from a bizarre conversation with a senior White House official: 'In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency. The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That's not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”' Well, fast forward to today, Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, exactly one week after President Trump created the new reality vis a vis Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish state in occupied Palestine, the New York Times reported that the Muslim Leaders Declare East Jerusalem the Palestinian Capital, rightly refusing to accept the new reality created by the history's actors, but regurgitating the same old two-state narrative as scripted by the Israelis themselves for the ingestion of the beleaguered Palestinians while they piece-meal gobble up all of Palestine (and then some): 'ISTANBUL — Leaders and officials of Muslim nations declared East Jerusalem the Palestinian capital on Wednesday at a summit meeting in Istanbul, producing the strongest response yet to President Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. The gathering of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation was held to formulate a unified response from the Muslim world to Mr. Trump’s decision last week. ... The meeting condemned in a communiqué Mr. Trump’s “unilateral” and “dangerous declaration” as an effort to change the status of Jerusalem. It said that it considered the action a violation of United Nations resolutions and legally null and void, and that it would hold the United States liable for all consequences of not retracting its decision. ... Mr. Abbas on Wednesday told the gathering that Mr. Trump had committed the “greatest crime” with his declaration, and that the Palestinians would no longer accept any role of the United States in peace negotiations with Israel. “Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine,” he said, adding that the United States was giving it away as if it were an American city. “It crosses all the red lines,” Mr. Abbas said. Mr. Erdogan urged nations of the world to recognize the state of Palestine, and declared Jerusalem as its occupied capital. He warned there would be no peace in the region unless the city’s status was recognized as such. ... Calling Israel a terrorist state, he warned that “Israel will never have any legitimacy in Jerusalem.”' What is revealing about Trump's action as the henchman of the history's actors du jour is the rationale statement: “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality” – a reality previously created piece-meal by other history's actors with incremental faits accomplis which have always appeared too impractical if not impossible to reverse. What is also revealing about the reactionary declaration emanating from the distinguished Leaders and officials of Muslim nations, is that they appear to be expert parrots, rehearsing from the same old script given them as a red herring by the Jewish narrative, and which has unfortunately come to define the loudest pitch of the Palestinian struggle to date. Other voices able to perceptively penetrate the red herrings thrown to the Palestinian and Muslim leaders continue to remain unheard. And so is the solution. The essay below, published in February 2007, systematically dissects the red herring of reality vs impracticality, and presents what is perhaps the obvious and commonsense solution for a piece of geography that is most sacred to the followers of all three Abrahamic faiths. A geography for which the existent native inhabitants of that sacred land have been wronged, oppressed, brutalized, killed, evicted, and their land systematically colonized and occupied ever since the Balfour Declaration was issued by the previous generation of history's actors. The current generation of history's actors whose visible henchman in the White House is President Trump, is working for the same oligarchic interests that created the conditions and realities of “revolutionary times” to motivate Great Britain to grant Muslim Palestine to the Jews as if they were giving away a piece of their own land. The perceptive statement made by Mr. Abbas “that the United States was giving it away as if it were an American city”, is capturing the reality of the same Oligarchic script that Great Britain, as the dominating empire of its time, previously rehearsed from. American leaders are merely continuing the same acts as the latter day henchmen of history's actors. Mr. Trump is evidently the boldest of them all in form, but there is little difference in substance. The oligarchy controlling the Jewish state in Palestine for its own interests, is singularly defeated in its more than hundred years long shenanigans if the world leaders sympathetic to the Palestinians, instead of parroting the Jewish narrative, demand the commonsense solution that eludes the West in its unrelenting support of the misconstruction of Israel as an apartheid state. It is the obvious one nation-state solution for all its inhabitants. In that tight piece of geography, two nations simply cannot be constructed justly; the one with the bigger guns will always dictate the terms. And it is truly no ordinary piece of geography. It is so steeped in the history and intermingling cultures of all three Abrahamic religions that try as the transplanted European Zionists may, to obliterate the vestiges of the other two, its history and its emotional affiliations cannot be divorced from that geography. Abolishing apartheid and eliminating the racist Zionist philosophy, and replacing it with a society with secular, civil and moral laws that are based on the common moral teachings of all three religions and which support all three as equals, is the only just solution today. That is the actual ground reality when primacy is replaced with fairness. It is also the solution that the ordinary Palestinian peoples themselves demand. It is high time the Palestinian and Muslim leaders listened, and dared to lead as history's actors in their own right. Other nations' leaders will follow suit once the singular demand is tabled by the Palestinian and Muslim leaders, with no back-off whatever the pressure and consequence. In time, all wounds will heal naturally, as all three peoples have far more in common than they have the courage to recognize and accept.