Another Trump Promise Kept: Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

Mideast: Despite a firestorm of protests, President Trump says he will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and eventually move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Consider it another Trump promise kept.

Presidents of both parties have promised for years to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Yet, somehow complications inevitably arose — “Europe” claimed it would “complicate” peace talks, or the Palestinians said it would make peace impossible, or radical Islamists threatened unrest and terrorism by the “Arab Street” in response to the provocation.

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So no president, Democrat or Republican, ever truly, officially recognized Israel’s capital for what it plainly was: the legitimate capital of a nation on whose territory it sits.

As we said, the U.S. has often pledged its support for moving the embassy to Israel’s true capital before. In 1995, President Bill Clinton even signed the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, which not only recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but committed the U.S. to move its embassy.

X But a loophole in the law let U.S. presidents issue “waivers” of the bill every six months. In each presidency since then, including two Bushes and one Obama, waivers were issued and nothing ever did happen.

Until Trump, that is.

But isn’t this a “radical” or unexpected move, as some now assert? No. As recently as last June, the U.S. Senate voted 90 to zero to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. To say there should be bipartisan support for Trump’s action is an understatement.

The facts are plain: Jerusalem was Israel’s capital 3,000 years ago, before its people were scattered by various foreign regimes — ranging from the Babylonians to the Romans to the Muslim Arabs and, much later, the Ottoman Empire — in the Jewish diaspora.

When Israel was re-established in 1948, Jerusalem was again its capital. And it’s been so ever since.

As for the Palestinians, they won’t even recognize Israel’s right to exist — even though there has never been an independent state called Palestine. This latter fact makes Palestinian claims to sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem highly problematic, to say the least.

But why is preventing Jerusalem from being Israel’s capital such a big deal?

Because getting rid of the state of Israel is at the heart of both the Palestinians’ founding charter and their current law. Delegitimizing Israel’s control of Jerusalem is merely a step in that process.

Its foes must now deal with the uncomfortable fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s functioning capital today, with its legislature, its high court and its prime minister all residing there. And it’s unquestionably the center of the nation’s religious life.

The Palestinians have cynically used the ancient capital of Israel as a political bargaining chip for years. Their claim is that Jerusalem’s status can only be determined in talks between Israel and the Palestinians as part of a “two-state” solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

And they have support. As the BBC noted Wednesday, Mideast “leaders” now “warn” darkly about what might happen as a result of Trump’s move:

  • “Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned of ‘the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world.’
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah said the decision would ‘undermine efforts to resume the peace process’ and provoke Muslims. Jordan acts as custodian of the Islamic sites in Jerusalem.
  • Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi urged Mr Trump ‘not to complicate the situation in the region.’ “

Meanwhile, BBC also reports that “Ismail Haniya, the chief of the Islamist Hamas group that runs Gaza, said a shift of the embassy and recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would cross ‘every red line.’ “

For the record, Hamas is a terrorist group, as is Fatah. They run “Palestine” — the West Bank and Gaza — with iron fists. So if violence breaks out, it’s because they condone it and encourage it.

It will be their fault, and they will once again show why a Palestinian state dedicated to the annihilation of its neighbor Israel would be a very bad idea.

That Jerusalem was both the sacred and political capital of Israel is an historical fact and beyond dispute. That it was never the capital of Palestine is also beyond dispute, given that Palestine was never a sovereign nation.

The U.S. has appeased the Palestinians for decades on the issue of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but it has achieved nothing. Every time peace seems close, a new Palestinian intifada is declared, violence explodes, and hopes of a lasting deal are dashed.

Well, enough.

The extreme reaction to Trump’s move is really just an attempt to test his mettle. But Trump’s position has been clear from the start and is absolutely fair.

As President Trump said Wednesday, “We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.”

The message: It’s put-up or shut-up time for the Palestinians.

Once again, despite unhinged critics, Trump is only keeping America’s promises — on Jerusalem as on so many other things. Too bad other politicians won’t do the same.


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Originally posted 2017-12-07 06:31:52.


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