WASHINGTON, December 6, 2017: President Donald Trump delivers an early Hanukah gift to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by stating that Jerusalem is Israel capital. While many world leaders are denouncing him, fearful of Arab backlash, the president is honoring a campaign promise.
The President is also following a law the U.S. Congress passed in 1995 according to the Guardian:
“The US Congress passed a law in 1995 that described Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said it should not be divided. Successive Republican and Democratic presidents have used their foreign policy powers to maintain the US embassy in Tel Aviv and to back negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on the status of Jerusalem.
In early December, the then president, Barack Obama, renewed the presidential waiver until the beginning of June. It is unclear whether Trump would be able to legally override that waiver and go ahead with the relocation of the embassy.”
Past Presidential Jerusalem Failures
Should the world leaders show such surprise that this president is actually following the Congresses laws? Unlike all presidents since Bill Clinton, the failure to recognize Israel’s right, and maintaining the US embassy in Tel Aviv, is a failure.
What the presidents were hoping for is a negotiated peace between Israel and a terrorist entity that represented Palestine in the hopes that their venomous leaders would sincerely and honestly negotiate on the status of Jerusalem. The answer has been no. Each president relied on the terrorist Palestinian leaders rather than honoring their obligation to move America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
For more than a generation the people of Israel has waited for an American president to America to pay more than political dodgeball with its continuing pledge to give the 1995 law the dignity and enforcement it deserves. In the case of former president Barack Obama, he decided to stick Israel in the proverbial ribs. He by aligned his anti-embassy policy with the United Nations and other Islamic terrorist nations like Iran. These enitities are firmly against considering Jerusalem as Israel’s legal capital.
Obama’s warning to president-elect Trump
Two days before Obama left office his warning to the Trump administration was to disregard his intention to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Obama warned, “moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem could have ‘explosive’ results” saying that the prospect for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was waning.
Yet, the anti-Israeli president decided to place a time-release political grenade in incoming President Trump’s diplomatic ambitions. Obama remained silent on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel for the presence of West Bank Jewish settlements. He allows Israel to be subject to possible harsh and even criminal International Law sanctions.
Obama’s blocks on the road to Jerusalem
By attempting to place roadblocks in the way of Trump, Obama seemingly assumed that he was dealing a new president lacking a spine of steel. Obama was wrong. The nation, the world and Israel now understand that Trump not only has steel in his back, but also in his word, conviction and determination.
Unlike Obama, President Trump was unwilling to witness nor permit the lack of designation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a stumbling block to peace. Meanwhile, Hamas, Hezbollah and other radical Islamic groups including recently, factions of ISIS, attacked, blew up and murdered countless innocent men, women and children in Israel. How has non-designation of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel stopped this horror? It has not!
President Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is Israel capital, and that the American embassy would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem shows he will stand with the only America’s oldest ally in the region.
The Trump Middle East doctrine is sound and will not ebb and bend to the politics of the Muslim nations or the United Nations. This same United Nations has repeatedly turned its back on radical Islamic extremism and the terrorists that populate Hamas and Hezbollah. Announcing Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel keeps America’s word to its Middle East ally, even if the nation is 22 years late in doing so.