Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump last Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Bill Clinton signed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995 which passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago. But Trump is now being criticized for “wrecking the peace process for a 2-state solution”. This is a sick joke. Israeli/Palestinian “peace” talks have been going on for decades. Literally.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act required the United States to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem by 1999, but a politically expedient loophole allowed presidents to issue a waiver of the requirement every six months. Trumps predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, had consistently put off that decision to avoid inflaming tensions in the Middle East, or more likely because they never intended to do it.
But who is inflaming tensions? It doesn’t take much after all, to incite Muslim barbarism. The various Arab and Islamic groups have declared “Three Days of Rage” in reaction to Trump’s announcement. They called for violence and riots throughout Israel and specifically in front of the US Consulate burning the US flag and demonstrating.
Let’s remember the Palestinians dancing in the streets and passing out candy and other treats as their deadly rockets hit their target in Israel killing innocent people. According to the New York Post, the Palestinian Authority uses half of its foreign aid to reward terrorism. Let that sink in, cash from America, Europe and even Israel is subsidizing “welfare for terrorists.”
Contrast that with the fact that 21% of Israeli citizens are Arabs who by the way have equal voting rights, even women which is certainly not the case in many Arab countries. Arabic, like Hebrew, is an official language in Israel. Arab citizens in Israel are not required to serve in the military, but some choose to do so. Israel’s public health system is a model for Jewish/Arab coworking and collaboration where 42% of all nursing students in Israel are Arabs. The Arabs living in Israel have a much better life than those in most of the rest of Arab countries. Peace is attainable in the Middle East, but not so long as America cowers to the threat of Muslim violence and not as long as the Palestinians insist that Israel has no right to existence.
Trump did the right thing and hopefully in the coming weeks he’ll get the State Dept on board to start the process of moving the Embassy to Jerusalem. Don’t forget the State Dept is full of Obama holdovers, many of whom are anti-Semites just as Obama is. Rex Tillerson himself, the Secretary of State is often at odds with President Trump on Israel policy. Trump and his supporters will have to make sure that in 3 years time the State Dept is not still working on “site selection” for the new Embassy.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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