In an inspiring speech Wednesday, President Donald Trump shocked the world by…doing exactly what he vowed to do on the campaign trail last year. And while that might sound a bit snarky, it was actually an enormous surprise to those of us who have watched three consecutive presidents go back on their campaign vows to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Clinton, Bush, and Obama all promised to make the move and all three signed waiver after waiver denying a law that was passed by Congress in 1995. This made it hard to believe that even Trump, as unconstrained by past precedent as he is, would actually make the move.
But on Wednesday, he went further than any president since the formation of Israel is recognizing the reality of this combustible situation in the Middle East.
“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: That Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump said. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”
In the full proclamation, the White House elaborated on the intent and purpose of the shift in policy:
Today, December 6, 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem, the ancient capital of the Jewish people, as the capital of the State of Israel.
In taking this action, President Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise of his and many previous Presidential candidates.
The Trump Administration is fully coordinated in supporting this historic action by the President, and has engaged broadly with both our Congressional and international partners on this issue.
President Trump’s action enjoys broad, bipartisan support in Congress, including as expressed in the Jerusalem Recognition Act of 1995. This Act was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.
President Trump has instructed the State Department to develop a plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Departments and Agencies have implemented a robust security plan to ensure the safety of our citizens and assets in the region.
We almost hesitate to expand on our joke of a headline, because it’s already obvious – it’s BEEN obvious – that the last thing Palestinians want is an actual peace plan that is fair to Israel. Most of their terrorist leaders and supporters have long said that the only solution they will accept is the full destruction of Israel, if not the Jews as a race altogether. They don’t want peace. They don’t want to live side by side in a two-state configuration. Some of the actual Palestinian PEOPLE might want that, but until they take it upon themselves to forge a government that isn’t rife with terrorists and Islamic extremists, it will never happen. And the longer they hold out, the worse their situation becomes.
It took an enormous amount of courage and determination for Trump to do what he did on Wednesday, and we applaud him for it. It was a move that was past due by an order of more than 20 years. If the Palestinians don’t like it, we’re sure they’ll let us know. But they’d better be careful about how they respond, because unlike the situation they’ve had for the last eight years, the U.S. is fully behind our allies in Israel once again.