Today is a momentous day in U. S. and Israeli history.
Today marks the opening of the U.S. embassy in Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem.
Israel, not surprisingly, is extremely happy about this. Palestinian Arabs, not surprisingly, are extremely unhappy about this.
So where are our mainstream media?
Exactly where you probably think they are – with many of them attacking this move as a break in U.S. policy which does extreme damage to “the peace process”. CNN, in particular, starts its website article by (mis)informing readers that “The Trump administration is set to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem Monday, formally breaking from decades of established American policy…”
The problem? Everything you just read is a flat-out lie.
Let’s start with policy. United States policy, for almost a quarter century, is that the U.S. Embassy should be in Jerusalem.
That is not some personal assessment of mine, it is a fact:
In October of 1994, congress voted to move the embassy to Jerusalem. By a 374-37 margin in the House of Representatives, then at 93 – 5 margin in the Senate.
So is making this move a change of policy? The answer, of course, is that it isn’t. It is the implementation of policy – one which every President since the aforementioned vote ignored.
By moving the embassy, President Trump is doing exactly what he is supposed to do. Period.
Now let’s talk about the so-called “peace process”.
“The Peace Process” between Israel and Palestinian Arabs has been, and remains, a 100% dishonest term.
WHAT peace process? WHEN? WHERE?
-the partition of territory into Arab and Israel in 1947 (with Jerusalem an international city) which was accepted by Israel but rejected by Palestinians,
-to the winning of Jerusalem in 1948 by Jordan – which had no problem refusing Jews to enter or desecrating sacred Jewish sites there
-to-the regaining of Jerusalem in 1967 as the result of a war Israel neither started nor wanted,
-to the peace proposals offered to Palestinian Arabs over the years every one of which has been rejected with no serious counter-offer made,
-to the numerous attacks on Israeli civilians, necessitating a border wall for security purposes (yes they really do work),
-to the hamas charter, which calls for obliterating Israel, killing all Jews everywhere, and specifically rejects all peace proposals,
-to the unity agreement between hamas and fatah, the supposed “moderate” Palestinian Arabs – with no requirement that the hamas charter be renounced or changed in any way,
-etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.,
…there has been never been any actual peace process. There has only been the wistful, based-on-nothing fantasy that there is one.
With the above in mind, I congratulate President Trump on finally making good on our actual policy. I congratulate Israel on its happiness that the reality of Jerusalem as its national capital is reconfirmed…
…and I fervently wish that, someday, Palestinian Arabs actually do decided peaceful coexistence is a better policy than perpetual rage, accompanied by threats of genocide against Jews.