Just as the White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump intends to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, word broke that Trump had called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to inform him that he plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as well.
The reported response from Abbas was predictable: “Following the call, Abbas urged the pope and the leaders of Russia, France and Jordan to intervene against Trump’s declared intention to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,” the Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported Tuesday.
Likewise, during the call with Trump, Abbas reportedly warned of “dangerous consequences” if the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocated the U.S. Embassy, according to Haaretz. He added that “the Palestinian stance is determined and steadfast — there will not be a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital, according to decisions by the international community.”
The White House specifically described the relocation as a “recognition of reality” that Jerusalem is the center of the Israeli government, according to CNN.
This point was later echoed by Ben Shapiro, the conservative political commentator who also happens to be Jewish.
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel … The dream of Jerusalem has animated the Jewish people for its entire existence; there is a reason the Psalms (137:5) state, ‘If I forget thee, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill,’” Shapiro wrote for The Daily Wire.
He further contrasted the Jewish people’s clear-cut connection to Jerusalem with what is best described as Muslim historical indifference to it.
“Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Prophets and Writings (during the time of the Torah, it was not yet called Jerusalem),” he wrote. “By contrast, Jerusalem is not mentioned at all in the Koran.”
Despite these indisputable facts, the response from “the Arab street” in the Middle East has been as predictable as the response from Abbas.
“Protests have broken out in the Gaza Strip in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s expected decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as Palestinian leaders called for three days of rage against the move,” Al Jazeera reported Wednesday morning.
“This decision is an uncalculated gamble that will know no limit to the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim reaction,” warned Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the terror group Hamas.
Sadly, a number of weak-kneed world leaders have joined the anti-Israeli chorus, with British Prime Minister Theresa May arguing that the Israelis and Palestinians should share Jerusalem, according to Al Jazeera.
The pope likewise “issued an unusually heartfelt plea to the president to respect the status quo on the city, and to conform with UN resolutions,” The Guardian reported.
At this point, it seems Trump may very well be the only world leader with the courage to recognize the truth about Jerusalem.
If nothing else, this courage surely explains why the Israelis happen to be some of his biggest fans.
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