Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. That’s not a controversial statement. It’s a fact that’s backed up by history and common sense. However, for some reason, the United States and the international community has been reluctant to openly acknowledge that because they don’t want to make Muslims mad. It’s ridiculous. It makes no sense. And, thanks to President Trump, it’s over.
From Fox News:
President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it’s time to “acknowledge the obvious” as he ordered the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
The move fulfills a campaign promise made to religious conservatives. But it could also inflame tensions across the Middle East.
Immediately after the move was announced, the liberal media started running with the narrative that this would cause violence in the Middle East and it would inspire Muslims to kill people. As if they weren’t killing anyone for thousands of years before that. Even if that were true (which it isn’t) why in the world would that be a reason to not do something. We take our cues from whatever Muslims tell us is OK or not? That’s the kind of backward “leadership” that was such a disaster during the Obama years.
Well, it’s been a couple weeks now since Trump made the move and guess what? The sky didn’t fall down. And now, the New York Times is admitting they were wrong to freak out.
Joe Simonson has the details.
From The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem hasn’t lead to the violence predicted by many in the media, according to a Saturday report in The New York Times.
While editorial boards and cable news talking heads blasted the supposed reckless decision (even a Times editorial published right before the president’s announcement said the move would raise “new tension in the region” and could incite “violence”), instead a “mood of hopeless resignation” overshadows the Palestinians.
“With residents neither basking in seasonal cheer nor raging in the throes of a new intifada, the popular mood in the city was more one of hopeless resignation,” the article reads.
There are still some smaller protests on the streets of Gaza, but the general peace of the region directly contradicts the apocalyptic fears espoused by so many in the days following Trump’s executive order.
Daily Wire has published a lot of great pieces about what a great move this was by Trump. Here’s part of one of them.
From Daily Wire:
1. Jerusalem Is The Eternal Capital Of Israel. Jerusalem is only important because the Jews made it important; it was the capital of the kingdom of Israel, the site of the Temple, and the wellspring of Judaic thought for millennia. Both Christianity and Islam value Jerusalem because Judaism did. The dream of Jerusalem has animated the Jewish people for its entire existence; there is a reason the Psalms (137:5) state, “If I forget thee, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.” Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Prophets and Writings (during the time of the Torah, it was not yet called Jerusalem). By contrast, Jerusalem is not mentioned at all in the Koran. If Jews do not have a historic claim to Jerusalem, they have no historic claim to any part of Israel, including Tel Aviv.
2. Congress Has Long Recognized Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital. In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, requiring the movement of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The act also said that Jerusalem should be undivided and be recognized as the capital of Israel. The executive branch has refused to implement the law thanks to both political and separation of powers concerns. Trump would merely be stamping Congressional law with approval. That law, by the way, passed 93-5 in the Senate and 374-37 in the House.
Interesting to note that MSNCBC’s Joe Scarborough voted to move the capital when he was in Congress in the 90s. Now? He’s bashing Trump for going through with is.
There is going to be more violence in the Middle East because, well, it’s the Middle East. Pretending that Trump’s move is to blame for the violence is not only silly but it doesn’t jive with history even remotely.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]