Trump Caves in to Palestinian Threats

Currently, the official capital of Israel is Tel Aviv. Many in Israel want to declare Jerusalem as the nation’s capital as it was in biblical times. However, Palestinians also claim part of Jerusalem as theirs, creating a lot of controversy. When President Trump first suggested that the US might move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel was pleased, but many others felt it was a very wrong political move. It seems they have won as Trump has decided to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv, at least for now.

President Trump signed an order keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv rather than move it to Jerusalem as he promised during last year’s campaign, aides said Thursday, disappointing many Israel supporters in hopes of preserving his chances of negotiating a peace settlement.

Aides said the decision was just a delay and that he still plans to eventually move the embassy to Jerusalem when conditions are right, although past presidents have said the same without ever acting. The White House said in a statement that Trump’s move should not be considered “a retreat from the president’s strong support for Israel” and its alliance with the United States.

“President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interest,” the statement said. “But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that happens, but only when.” …

Jerusalem should belong to Israel and they have every right to move their national capital if they want and it shouldn’t matter what the Palestinians think. No matter what Israel does, the Palestinians will be unhappy. The only thing that will ever please the Palestinians is for Israel to cease to exist. By capitulating to the Palestinians, did Trump send the wrong message to our ally, Israel?

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