America’s Embassy in Israel

From the BBC:

US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said.

He is due to announce the controversial decision in a speech later.

Mr Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years.

Nowhere in this article does it mention that in June the US Senate voted on a resolution to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital which passed by 90-0. To do so would detract from the narrative that Trump is making rash, unilateral decisions which bring the world closer to war.

Israel welcomes the changes but the Palestinians and Arab leaders have warned they will jeopardise any Middle East peace process.

Note they don’t specify which Middle East peace process would be jeopardised, presumably because none exists.

Successive presidents have signed waivers to get round the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, which mandates moving the embassy.

Oh. So basically Trump is the first President to actually uphold a law that was passed by Congress over 20 years ago. This is a bad thing, apparently.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud told Mr Trump the relocation of the embassy or recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims, all over the world”

Could it be that, having listened to Muslims all over the world spending the first year of his presidency branding him an enemy of Islam, Trump isn’t really interested in what they think at this juncture?

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned of “the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world”

Yeah, that might have worked ten or twenty years ago, but it’s now worn so thin you can wear it as a mask and still watch TV.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a “day of rage” this Friday and said “Palestinian people everywhere [would] not allow this conspiracy to pass”

Business as usual, then.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country could sever ties with Israel

I doubt there are many in Israel counting on ties with Turkey since Erdogan’s rise to power.

France, the European Union and the Arab League have also expressed concern.

The Arab League? We have proxy wars raging in Syria and Yemen, Qatar and Saudi Arabia at each other’s throats, Iran and Turkey sending troops to prop up Arab governments, Libya overrun by jihadists and Egypt heading in the same direction. I didn’t even realise the Arab League still existed, but the minutes of their AGM must make interesting reading.

By recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital President Trump is fulfilling a campaign promise. There is no other obvious reason he is doing this now.

Fulfilling campaign promises, enacting Senate resolutions, upholding the law as passed by Congress? Is there nobody who can save us from this monster?!

Administration officials said he would simply be acknowledging reality

A rare trait among modern politicians.

Jordan and Saudi Arabia are custodians of Islam’s holy sites and have issued strong warnings that this move could inflame the Muslim world.

Okay, we’ll add it to the list.

It sounds like the Palestinians will get nothing.

Except for the four or five hundred million dollars per year the US sends them, of course.

Perhaps there is a wider strategy at work but it looks like a workaround so the president can satisfy his pro-Israel voters.

And comply with the Senate, Congress, and the law in a manner that his predecessors refused to.

In other news:

The BBC is to launch a new scheme to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information.

They’re perfectly placed to do it.

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15 thoughts on “America’s Embassy in Israel

  1. Fulfilling campaign promises, enacting Senate resolutions, upholding the law as passed by Congress? Is there nobody who can save us from this monster?!

    He’ll be protecting and defending the constitution next!

  2. Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a “day of rage” this Friday

    Whatever happened to the good old Two Minutes Hate?

    More seriously, I doubt the embassy will actually be moved any time soon, if at all. Be that as it may.

    The reactions from Jordan and SA are just a facade, Trump’s decision (based, as you mentioned, Tim, on the one by Congress) must be seen in the context of the growing (if tentative) Israeli-Arab-Sunni alliance. Interesting times are to be had by all…

  3. Alisa!

    I didn’t realise you still read my blog! Welcome back to the comments section.

    I am sure that Hamas’ promise to vent their anger at Israel will have you quaking in your shoes, such a depature this represents from the normal cordial relations you have enjoyed to date!

  4. Unfortunately I have not been reading as often as I should have, but now I am going to rectify that!

    Actually, I think that the relatively effective venting from the Palestinian PO will be done in the Arab states and their capitals (those of them still in existence anyway), especially in front of US embassies. So I guess someone’s sleep will be interrupted, but certainly not mine 🙂

  5. The BBC is to launch a new scheme to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information.

    Well children, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
    No George, it isn’t a story about Donald Trump.
    Everything you read on the BBC news website is fake news.
    George! George! Don’t do that George.

  6. Campaign promises aside, it seems incredibly silly to pretend that the seat of Israel’s government isn’t in Jerusalem, because of course it is. And even more ridiculous to think that such an obvious denial of reality is necessary to nurse “the peace process” along.

  7. My policy on Israel/Palestine is not to have a policy on I/P. But the BBC’s policy is to have a policy on everything. That’s why my BBC policy is that we should sell the bloody thing off.

  8. The current Arab conditions for peace are as for the last 100 years:

    1) No zionist colonisers allowed to contaminate Jerusalem.
    2) Jerusalem is Arab and Muslim.
    3) All of the zionist entity is to be handed back to Palestine, or: Allah Akbar.
    4) No zionist colonisers in Palestine because Arabs are the real original inhabitants and Palestine must be cleansed of the zionist aggressors and colonisers.
    5) Judaism was invented after Islam and there was never a temple under al haram as sharif. Independent archaeology by the trustees has proved it!
    6) All Palestinian refugees to return to the zionist entity that viciously threw them out.
    6) No zionist colonists to be allowed back to the Arab countries they voluntarily left of their own free will.
    7) After the final solution, Palestine will be as peaceful and free as all the other Arab countries. Allah Akbar.

    There’s no point engaging.

  9. Joking aside, building a new embassy anywhere in the world, particularly an embassy of The Great Satan America will require a hell of a lot of thought and careful design. This will include bombproof walls, windows and other “passive” defences (e.g. fountains in front of the building to act as water filled ditches, clear fields of fire against anyone assaulting the place and anti ramming barriers), anti listening glass and electronic eavesdropping in the windows, anti EMP type mesh in the walls, secure communications rooms with in build destruction devices and backup generators, water supplies and air conditioning/anti NBC filtration etc. etc. and so forth.

    I doubt Barrats or Persimmon homes will be given the contract to complete in 3 months …

  10. “Could it be that, having listened to Muslims all over the world spending the first year of his presidency branding him an enemy of Islam, Trump isn’t really interested in what they think at this juncture?”

    Trump is once again showing he’s more in tune with whatever the US version of ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’ thinks than any other President.

  11. We are told this will make ‘them’ hate us more., how exactly does that work? Is there some sort of scale that goes to infinity? bombing our children, murdering our priests, killing random passers by, decapitating aid workers etc etc, just exactly what do they plan to do now seeing as they will hate us more , eat babies?

  12. I have been wondering about that too, Bardon. Rumor has it that Bibi was against it, at least to some degree (as were at least some of Trump’s advisers). In any case, at the moment the fly in that ointment seems to be the reopening of the door for the discussion about possible division of the city.

    Phil B: it may be time for that building to be upgraded anyway, regardless of its actual location.

  13. Possibilities include:

    (i) Trump’s purpose is domestic (as is so often the case with Foreign Policy decisions by Great Powers).

    (ii) It was mere whim.

    Anyway, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Israel was Samaria not Jerusalem. Jerusalem was merely the capital of Judah which was, compared to the Kingdom of Israel, hicksville.

  14. Anyway, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Israel was Samaria not Jerusalem. Jerusalem was merely the capital of Judah which was, compared to the Kingdom of Israel, hicksville.

    Depends on what you mean by “Israel”. The united monarch under David and Solomon is usually referred to as Israel, and by all accounts had its capital at Jerusalem. Then when the kingdom split in two, the southern bit (around Jerusalem) was called Judah, whereas the northern bit (around Samaria, as you say) kept the name Israel. Regardless, modern Judaism traces its origins via Judah to the united Israelite kingdom, which is why its holy city is Jerusalem, not Samaria. (There is actually a religion, Samaritanism, whose holy place is in Samaria, although apparently there’s some dispute over whether they’re named after Samaria, Samaria is named after them, or whether the similarity of names is a coincidence. Regardless, Jews and Samaritans in ancient times used to hate each others’ guts, which is why a Samaritan helping a Jew was used as the plot for a parable.)

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