President Trump’s Jerusalem decision was made 22 years ago.
On December 6th, President Trump made an announcement many were anticipating. Much of the Right were hoping to be what they thought it was, and much of the Left wished it wasn’t. Holding a press conference, he declared to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and make Jerusalem the capital of Israel. This was a campaign promise many were waiting for take place because the argument could be made that it is to strengthen our alliance with the state of Israel. Shortly after Trump left the meeting, there were outrages from the Palestinians. The day after the statement, the head of Hamas in Gaza “called for terrorism” in response to POTUS’ decision. Hamas later “urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace and launch uprising towards Israel”. There was a Muslim man who vandalised a Jewish restaurant in Northern Europe after the decision. A rocket landed inside an Israeli territory and two others landed in the Gaza Strip. It was an atrocity placed on the Trump Administration. But why is the outrage coming from the Palestinians and not the Israelis?
On their respective campaign trails, candidates George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama made a campaign promise to move the U.S Embassy to Jerusalem and declare it the capital of Israel. Despite their statements, there was no outrage, and not one of those three candidates followed through with what they said.
Yet, on October 24th 1995, Congress passed a Bill named the “Jerusalem Embassy Act” which described Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In June of 1993, 257 members of the United States House of Representatives signed a letter to the Secretary of State Warren Christopher stating that the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem ‘‘should take place no later than . . . 1999’’. And in Section 3 (column two) it states, “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel.”
Among the criticizers was President Erdogan of Turkey. He said, “I hope and expect the United States won’t get the result it expects from there and the world will give a very good lesson to the United States”, yet Erdogan has covertly provided direct military financial and logistical support for ISIS. The UN voted 128-9 to condemn President Trump’s decision. Yet, in June of 2017, the U.S Senate voted 90-0 to keep the provisions and Bill in check. But why is there and will continue to be fury and disapproval of President Trump’s statements?
Jerusalem is where Prime Minister Netanyahu lives, where all Israeli government agencies are based, where Parliament is, where the Site of the Temple is, and where “wellspring of Judaic thought for millenia” is.
To me, it is conflicting for the Palestinian Authority to ignore and reject Israel’s right to exist when there continues to be unrest towards President Trump’s decision. And lastly, after Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War in 1967, Jerusalem became unified and in the words of every Israeli Prime Minister since 1967, the “eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish State.”
In the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) Charter of 1964, states: “The establishment of Israel [is] illegal and null and void”, suggesting for Israel to be abolished. During the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestinian Authority negotiated with Israel over a future Palestinian state. While agreeing to acknowledge Israel’s existence (they never have) and cease violence (they never have), the Israeli government came to a false agreement because the Oslo Accords never made a statement recognizing Israel’s existence, ceasing violence, or the transfer of Jerusalem to Muslim rule. In fact, from October 1993-1994, there were 27 Israelis murdered solely by Muslim terrorism.
So, once again, why is violence coming ashore when this decision was made in 1995? It is a concept many have not yet grasped because they do not know the facts and history towards this decision. In response, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that Guatemala will follow the footsteps of the US and move their embassy to Jerusalem.
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Jorge Velasco is a Political Analyst for Nova News Breaking and theDailyLead.