After months of stalling and waiting, President Trump finally officially recognized Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital of Israel. He further directed his cabinet and the State Department to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The transition will take time, but it’s underway. Of course, the Palestinian terrorists and their liberal enablers are screaming and rioting in the streets over this move. But it’s about time it happened. The United States’ military victories in the Middle East against ISIS, plus the growing awareness of the violent nature of the Islamic political cult, have wakened the world to the high stakes in the region. For these reasons, I respect why President Trump issued the formal declaration now rather than in January or February.
We need to stand with Israel, and we need to ensure that the capital of the only stable liberal democracy in the Middle East is recognized as the mainstay of the Jewish State.
His critics in the press and among the Beltway intelligentsia blasted the move as short-sighted or political. Unbelievable. Even Democrats who wanted this move to happen are slamming the President for actually doing it.
To all the anti-Trump haters, this tweet says it all:
I fulfilled my campaign promise – others didn’t! pic.twitter.com/bYdaOHmPVJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017
In 1995, Congress passed legislation, which President Bill Clinton signed, that would require the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. One part of the law, however, permitted the President to issue a waiver in case of national security threats. Every president since has used that waiver to back away from their campaign promise. This time, however, President Trump allowed the waiver to lapse and he announced official recognition of Jerusalem as the official, eternal capital of the state of Israel.
Why didn’t the other Presidents follow through on the promise? I can hazard a few guesses.
Bill Clinton was too busy trying to make history for himself by brokering the Oslo Accords. He wanted to be the peace-maker who achieved the lasting cessation of conflict in the Middle East and the final assurance of a two-state solution.
Didn’t happen. In fact, in the year 2000, the Second Intifada…