Trump keeps another campaign promise by recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and pledges to move our embassy there.
The Muslim world reacts exactly as expected. They say the peace process is ruined. One would like to know exactly what peace process they refer to.
For over fifty years the only negotiating point acceptable to the Palestinians and the Arab world was the total elimination of Israel. So what’s the point?
We’ll see an uptick in violence, protests, and riots.
What did you expect? That’s how they negotiate. Peace process??? What peace process?
Next Year in Jerusalem — Wait, No, They Might Really Mean It This Time!
From National Review: By JIM GERAGHTY, December 6, 2017
Credit where it’s due: I did not think that any president would move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Today Trump is, well, sort of doing that: “President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, while also delaying moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city,” officials said.
Back in 1992, Bill Clinton criticized George H. W. Bush for keeping the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, and pledged to move it. And then he didn’t. Again in 2000, Clinton declared, “I have always wanted to move our Embassy to west Jerusalem. We have a designated site there. I have not done so because I didn’t want to do anything to undermine our ability to help to broker a secure and fair and lasting peace for Israelis and for Palestinians. But in light of what has happened, I’ve taken that decision under review, and I’ll make a decision sometime between now and the end of the year on that.”
His presidency ended without a move. Wildfires spread throughout Southern California
George W. Bush criticized Clinton for it, declaring before AIPAC in 2000, “as soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the U.S. ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital.”
. . . and then Bush made the exact same decision that Clinton did, constantly signing six-month waivers and extensions delaying the move.
Even Obama declared on the campaign trail in 2008, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” But then once he was asked whether he would move the U.S. embassy to the capital, the way our embassy is in the capital of every other country, he backtracked.
Back in June, Trump signed his first temporary waiver, but the Israeli government seemed confident Trump would come around. In a chat with Ralph Reed at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington, Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer joked that he told the president, “you get better real estate prices if you get in early.”
Dermer also appealed to Trump’s desire to have a historic presidency. “King Cyrus, twenty-five-hundred years ago, let the Jews rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. If you’re a president who wants to be remembered for two thousand years, move the embassy to Jerusalem.”
We’re told that moving the embassy would lead to chaos; Turkey’s deputy prime minister declared moving the U.S. embassy would “completely destroy the fragile peace process in the region, and lead to new conflicts, new disputes and new unrest.”
We just witnessed roughly a half million people get killed in the Syrian Civil War. Maybe the region generates its own conflicts, disputes, and unrest on its own, regardless of where our embassy is. Nobody makes any faction in the Middle East pick up weapons and start trying to kill each other. Maybe it’s time all the players in the region stopped using the United States as the scapegoat for their own decisions.