President Donald Trump fulfilling a campaign promise by affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the Unites States’ intent on moving its embassy to Jerusalem should not have caused a stir. He was just stating reality and completing what a unanimous bipartisan Congress approved under President Clinton in 1995.
Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama promised it and talked about it but never did it for fear of “repercussions from the Muslim Arab world and the Palestinian Authority.” James Phillips, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, asks, “Why is Israel the only country in the world not allowed to choose its own capital?” He answers his own question, “the refusal of many nations to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has become an integral part of the international campaign to de-legitimize Israel.”
Most all American Jewish organizations hailed Trump’s move. Every Arab and Muslim nation has denounced Trump’s action. Most nations of Europe and even China have denounced Trump’s unilateral declaration. All said the announcement would ruin chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Of course Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was livid and said Jerusalem was the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine.” Oh really? There is no Palestinian state nor has there ever been one.
Why is the world so upset and why does it hate Israel so? Is it because the Jewish people’s very being signifies the existence of the God of the Old Testament? The God who gave Israel the “promised land” (which also includes Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and most of Iraq) and called them His chosen people? As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Jews have lived in Israel for over 3,000 years,” long before there was ever a Muslim (622 AD) or Arab called a Palestinian (1965).
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Some history: Palestine was a common name for the geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan river controlled by many empires over thousands of years. In 1947, the United Nations proposed a Partition Plan for Palestine creating two states, one Jewish and one Arab. Israel accepted the plan, the Arab leaders rejected it. Israel declared its independence, the surrounding Arab countries declared war immediately. Israel won.
In the 1949 Armistice Transjordan was given control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Egypt the Gaza Strip and Syria the Golan Heights. In 1967 the Arab countries again attacked Israel and were whipped in six days. Israel then seized control of the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria as buffer zones. The Arabs declared war again in 1973 and were defeated again.
The areas mentioned above have been the subject of fruitless peace negotiations over the years. Israel has offered numerous concessions but the Palestinians always find a reason to walk away. They don’t deserve any of it.
The world complains that Trump’s actions will inhibit peace negotiations. Baloney! Rioting and violence is on the Palestinians only. Why is this violence expected, acceptable, and tolerated? The only people inhibiting peace negotiations are the Palestinian Authority and their partners who refuse to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and seek Israel’s destruction. The world has drunk the Palestinian Kool-Aid for far too long and is blind to the true aggressors and dishonest partners in this conflict.
America will be blessed by Trump’s simple but bold action. Why does the world and many in this country remain blind to it? That is sad indeed.
Mike Fullilove of Long Beach writes about local, state and national issues from a conservative perspective.