Saturday, December 2, 2017

USA Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel IS IMPORTANT

We do have a right to be impatient about getting the Americans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, but it is a "sticky point" that they have yet to recognize the ancient holy city as Israel's capital. Of course, we'd like the whole package, special "same day" delivery. And we'd like it yesterday.

Too many people were overly optimistic since Trump's Jewish advisors aren't of the JStreet variety, but unfortunately the power of the State Department had been forgotten among the cheers and partying when Trump was elected President. And nobody could have predicted how strong the attacks would be on him for having the audacity to win. Never in the history of the USA was there such a fascist and antidemocratic movement as the "not my president." They deny the legitimacy of legal democratic rule.

Because of all the attacks and opposition, I doubt that Trump will ever get his platform activated. Remember that the "not my president" crowd is also strongly in favor of a new country called Palestine, sic, which would have its capital in Jerusalem.

Step one to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem would require recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and so far it hasn't happened. Gd willing it will. Is anyone taking bets? What are the odds?


6 comments:

sheldan said...

These days, I am in an "I'll believe it when I see it" mood. Yes, I was happy about Trump saying that he'd move the embassy during the campaign. (One of the only things I was happy about Trump.) Then he did not move the embassy at the beginning of the term, then he signed the waiver, then he may (for now) sign another waiver. Although I still think he will follow through, I would not be surprised if he did not. I don't really trust anything the man says, but there are the pro-Israel advisors which make me optimistic. The State Department is another matter.

If he indeed does recognize Jerusalem, that would be a start (at least there is the recognition that the western part is Israeli, as other nations are starting to recognize), but it would have to be followed up with the embassy move--regardless of whether the peace process is affected. If there is no recognition by the Palestinians that Israel is the Jewish state, then it doesn't really matter what is discussed regarding the land that is to be returned or what is done with Jerusalem, the talks will go nowhere. If I had to place odds, I would probably say 50/50 or a little better.

Batya said...

I agree. I've always said that Israel should retaliate and place all embassies in any city other than a country's capital until they move theirs to Jerusalem. We'd save a fortune, since real estate in capital cities is generally much higher.

sheldan said...

Hmm...I suppose there is no rule that says we MUST have our embassy in the capital city.

On the other hand, New York real estate is pretty expensive...

Maybe a number of other cities could be suitable for the Israeli Embassy until the U.S. Embassy moves...

Batya said...

NY isn't the capital. Washington DC is. there is no rule, because nobody follows it in Israel.

sheldan said...

My point was that since Israel should move their embassy out of the capital city, New York was one possible location.

I was emphasizing your point about temporarily moving embassies out of Washington (and other capitals).

Batya said...

Ahaha, makes sense.