President Trump managed to tick off the Arab community by announcing that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act urging the federal government to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city, and so importantly, is Israel’s capital. This act passed congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. And was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago,” Trump said.
“Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, the record is in,” he continued.
“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. Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,” he added. “Today, I am delivering.”
I love that SO MUCH.
“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this is a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace. It was 70 years ago that the United States under President Truman recognized the state of Israel,” Trump continued. “Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.
Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government,” he added. “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.For decades, visiting American presidents, secretaries of State and military leaders have met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, as I did on my trip to Israel earlier this year.”
Muslims see this as a declaration of war, because they’re completely unreasonable (but that’s nothing new).
Benjamin Netanyahu has responded, and it fills me with so much joy.
.@netanyahu “Thank you President Trump for making the historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital! The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful”! pic.twitter.com/Xvk8utPW7n
— ‘GITMO’ BAMA 🎗 (@President1Trump) December 6, 2017
Israel’s opinion is the only opinion that matters to me. The Muslim nations can get over it. Peace talks haven’t gone anywhere. This won’t change a darn thing in that respect.