President Trump has made it clear that he intends to fulfill all of the promises he made on the campaign trail, and next week it seems like he may be following through with his biggest one yet. According to anonymous sources inside the White House, the President is finalizing plans to finally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving the US embassy to the ancient city from its current place in Tel Aviv.
Israel first claimed the city of Jerusalem after a successful offensive during the Six Day War back in 1967, after the country was attacked by a coalition of neighboring Arab powers. After driving back the combined forces of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, Israeli forces moved in to claim the city as their own. Since then, an intense debate has taken place over who rightfully owns the sacred city, with one side claiming that it was illegally seized and belongs to the Palestinians, and the other saying that it was rightfully captured and belongs to the state of Israel.
Because of the touchiness of the subject, US Presidents have sought to avoid inflaming the already strained tensions in the Middle East and opted to keep their embassies in Tel Aviv, refusing to recognize the Israeli claim to Jerusalem as the capital of their nation. That is, until now, when President Trump showed that he is a better friend to Israel than any other President since the 60’s.
This decision, of course, was met with fierce opposition, especially from those within the Arab world. King Abdullah II of Jordan, during a recent meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington, said that the decision to make such a claim might cause widespread unrest, and could put American lives in the region at risk.
It is about time that a President finally stopped kowtowing to the demands of the people who hate us in the Middle East. The claims that this might derail the peace process are also baseless, as this same process has been going on since 1948 with no sign of either side letting up. At least now, with a definitive ally to support them, Israel might be able to steady itself and continue to serve as a bulwark of democracy in an otherwise turbulent, troubled part of the world.
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