Monday, December 11, 2017

Trump Kicks Off An Actual Peace Process By Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Trump does come through on his promises, and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is an important step for eventual peace in the region. It's long past due that the US and the world recognized the obvious, that Jerusaelm is ISrael's capital and has been for years and it's not going to change.

Of course, Arabs are upset with the idea.

The Detroit News: Hundreds rally against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Hundreds of Metro Detroit Palestinians gathered in Hart Plaza Friday to rally against President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. ....

Trump said his recognition acknowledged the “obvious” that Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government despite its disputed status that’s one of the key elements in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The announcement on Wednesday also directed the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as required by U.S. law.

“What’s the benefit (for the U.S.) coming in between the fight ... endangering the possibility of a peace settlement between Israel and Palestinians,” said Khalid Turaani, president of the American Muslim Leadership Council. “It’s stupid, but we’re not surprised.” . . .

During the two-hour demonstration, Detroit police said they helped escort the peaceful protestors, who chanted “from the river, to the sea, Palestine will be free,” as they marched from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius.

Note the chant "From the river to the sea - They mean the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and looking at a map that's all of Israel, not the disputed "Palestinian" territories. Again its part of the Palestinian and Arab fantasy that they can make Israel go away and they'll destroy it eventually so they don't need to actually engage in a real peace negotiation.

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is another important step in the peace process - it makes the Arabs deal with the reality that Israel isn't going away and Israel is not going to give up Jerusalem. There will still be an Israel "from the river to the sea" regardless of their rejectionist approach. The sooner they give up the fantasy of destroying Israel and massacring the Jews and move forward with acceptance of reality, the more likely peace talks will actually succeed. Trump just kick-started the peace process by this declaration that it won't be the standard game as usual and hit them with a cluebat of reality.

The sooner the Arabs start to negotiate in good faith and from reality rather than fantasy, the closer the prospect of an actual and lasting peace.


MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Aaron;

I saw the various pundits talk about "Days of Rage" to show their displeasure at President Trump for officially moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem that the prior presidents have kicked down the road hoping not to offend the perpetually offended. my Attitude is "they are always pissed."

ProudHillbilly said...

On the day that Muslims recognize Israel's right to exist, negotiations can start. Until then, forget it. The temper tantrums are way past tiresome.