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The storm over Jerusalem


A picture taken on December 19, 2017 shows a partial view of the Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock on the right. -AFP

A picture taken on December 19, 2017 shows a partial view of the Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock on the right. -AFP

THERE’S nothing more dangerous than a powerful but ignorant leader who spews a combination of toxic religious and political plans on the advice of a group of people who think they are acting on God’s instructions.

I am talking about US president Donald Trump, who has threatened the world by pressing leaders to align themselves with his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The leaders were about to vote on a United Nations General Assembly resolution, calling for the superpower to drop this controversial move last week.

Wong Chun Wai

Wong Chun Wai

Wong Chun Wai began his career as a journalist in Penang, and has served The Star for over 27 years in various capacities and roles. He is now editorial and corporate affairs adviser to the group, after having served as group managing director/chief executive officer.

On The Beat made its debut on Feb 23 1997 and Chun Wai has penned the column weekly without a break, except for the occasional press holiday when the paper was not published. In May 2011, a compilation of selected articles of On The Beat was published as a book and launched in conjunction with his 50th birthday. Chun Wai also comments on current issues in The Star.

   

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