LORRIE GOLDSTEIN: Trump’s right on Jerusalem /Link
That the world judges Israel by standards expected of no other country is demonstrated by the international fury over U.S. President Donald Trump’s fulfillment of a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And his pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in three years. In what other […]
That the world judges Israel by standards expected of no other country is demonstrated by the international fury over U.S. President Donald Trump’s fulfillment of a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
And his pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in three years.
In what other country do the world’s nations refuse to recognize the city a sovereign nation says is its capital?
By contrast, Trump correctly noted that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is not only acknowledging the obvious, but the right thing to do.
“Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government,” Trump said. “It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli supreme court. It is the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.”
The reason the United Nations gives for refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is that Israel occupied East Jerusalem, which used to be part of Jordan, during the six-day, Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
That was one of the several wars launched against Israel by its Arab/Muslim neighbours since Israel was created in 1948, the firston the same day Israel declared its independence.
Israel won them all or there wouldn’t be an Israel today.
Who controls Jerusalem is a key stumbling block in the stalled negotiations to create an independent Palestinian state.
The UN refuses to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because it says East Jerusalem is occupied land.
Then again, many Canadian politicians piously open their speeches by proclaiming Ottawa sits on unceded territory we stole from the Algonquins.
But despite the Trudeau government’s opposition to declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, it doesn’t go on to claim Ottawa is not the capital of Canada.
Predictably, in the aftermath of Trump’s announcement, violent demonstrations flared up in the Mideast, along with warnings from political leaders and diplomats of increased terrorist threats against the U.S. and Israel.
As if terrorists should dictate whether Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Then again, they always have.
In 1979, then Conservative prime minister Joe Clark announced he would move the Canadian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to fulfill a campaign promise.
International fury made him back down.
In 1976, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter campaigned on moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, then abandoned the pledge post-election.
The U.S. Congress passed legislation in 1995 requiring the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
But every American president since — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — has used a presidential waiver to block the move, every six months, citing national security concerns.
As Trump rightly observed: “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.”
Trump did not say Israel must control all of Jerusalem at the end of the peace process, or rule out Palestinians and Israelis jointly administering the city as part of a negotiated agreement leading to the creation of a Palestinian state.
But facts don’t matter when it comes to anti-Trump hysteria.
Even when he’s right and Israel’s cause is just.
Published on 07 Dec 2017 at 11:39PM