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Reactions to President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel

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President Trump made it official today. At a Diplomatic Reception room at the White House, the President recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that has been promised by every President other than Barack Obama for decades.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process…today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.  This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality.  It is also the right thing to do.  It’s something that has to be done.”

This move will be embraced by many on the right and panned by many on the left, though some of the more notable liberals like Senator Chuck Schumer agree with the move.

I’ll put in my final thoughts below, but let’s look at some of the reactions so far…

Perspectives

Promise Kept: Trump Declares a New Era, Officially Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/12/06/trump-jerusalem-announcement-n2418907In his remarks, Trump said the recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol is essential to peace talks moving forward, a message to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world,” Trump said. “Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital.”

Jerusalem Embassy: Trump Fights Global Anti-Semitism

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454406/jerusalem-embassy-trump-fights-anti-semitismFirst, sovereign nations are entitled to name their capital, and it is the near-universal practice of other nations to locate their embassies in that same capital. I say “near-universal” because the nations of the world have steadfastly refused to recognize Israel’s capital. They’ve steadfastly placed their embassies outside of Jerusalem. They do so in spite of the Jewish people’s ancient connection to the City of David and in spite of the fact that no conceivable peace settlement would turn over the seat of Israel’s government to Palestinian control — even if parts of East Jerusalem are reserved for a Palestinian capital. Israel’s government sits on Israeli land, and it will remain Israeli land.

Israeli PM Netanyahu praises ‘historic’ decision by President Trump

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/israeli-pm-netanyahu-praises-historic-decision-by-president-trumpIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Trump’s decision, expressing profound gratitude on behalf of the people of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: @POTUS Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/Z24lSRezYm

Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capitol of Israel

http://noisyroom.net/blog/2017/12/06/trump-declares-jerusalem-the-capitol-of-israel/Huge speech and decision. If the Palestinians can have their own capitol, why not Israel? In reality and presently the United States does have a consulate in Jerusalem already. Marine FAST teams (elite security forces) and increased security have already been ordered at most U.S. diplomatic operations in key locations around the world, expecting protests.

Additionally, did you know the Palestinians have an embassy in Washington DC?

BREAKING. SecState Tillerson Announces Process of Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem Will Begin Immediately

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/12/06/breaking.-secstate-tillerson-announces-process-moving-us-embassy-jerusalem-will-begin-immediately/Secretary of State Rex Tillerson followed up President Trump’s announcement of the official recognition by the United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with his own newsmaker.

What does this mean? Other than a bunch of guys in stripey pants in Tel Aviv and Foggy Bottom befouling themselves? It’s hard to tell. Any process of moving the embassy to Jerusalem is going to be time consuming. The real estate acquisition will be an issue as Jerusalem is fairly built up and obviously the embassy is not, according to the proclamation, going into East Jerusalem. Design standards for high risk embassies are rather real estate intensive. And construction in and around Jerusalem is frequently delayed by archaeological finds. And we don’t know what “process” Tillerson is envisioning from this statement.

The world REACTS to Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

http://therightscoop.com/the-world-reacts-to-trumps-announcement-that-jerusalem-is-the-capital-of-israel/As you might have expected, much of the Middle East and some European countries are not happy with Trump’s decision to change US policy to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Here’s a list of who is saying what:

Jerusalem projects American and Israeli flags on Old City walls in display of appreciation

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jerusalem-projects-american-and-israeli-flags-on-old-city-walls-in-display-of-appreciation/article/2642729The Jerusalem municipality projected the American and Israeli flags on the Old City walls Wednesday as Trump announced the U.S. would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” Trump said Wednesday while making the expected announcement. “Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

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Final Thoughts

I’ve been a vocal opponent to the President, but I’ve also been fair. When he does the right things, I have no problem pointing them out. This is one of those things. Israel, as a sovereign nation, has the right to determine where its capital is. That the U.S. and most of the world has denied them this right is a travesty. Now, the President has made things right.

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We must move forward knowing North Korea will not end its nuclear program

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We must move forward knowing North Korea will not end its nuclear program

There is nothing the United States, China, the United Nations, or anyone else can do to coax North Korea into ending its nuclear program. They will keep researching. They will keep testing missiles and nuclear devices. They cannot be pressured. Neither sanctions nor harsh words of any kind will change their minds.

Perhaps Dennis Rodman can do something, but I doubt it.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the options for North Korea:

“It can reverse course, give up its unlawful nuclear weapons programs, and join the community of nations, or it can continue to condemn its people to poverty and isolation.”

It seems as if the United States is starting to make it clear to the world that we’ve made every attempt possible to stop their nuclear program without actually invading. What does this mean? If you guessed, “we’re invading,” you may be right. We know the option is on the table. We also suspect the President will not do it without international support. It’s not that he needs approval; recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel demonstrated he doesn’t seek international approval. He does, however, need to avoid an international outcry against American “imperialism” in order to keep us out of other conflicts and to prevent damage to the economy.

Some nations wouldn’t support a military action by the United States unless we were attacked first. A few wouldn’t even support a military response if we did get attacked. Regardless, that’s the contingency plan the President is apparently considering. If he can justify starting a war to prevent them from attacking us first with nuclear weapons, he may take us down that road.

Diplomacy isn’t working:

North Korea vows to ‘march forward’ with nuclear program to protect itself from US

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/north-korea-vows-to-march-forward-with-nuclear-program-to-protect-itself-from-us/article/2643638“Our possession of nuclear weapons was an individual self-defensive means of defending our sovereignty and right of existence and development from the U.S. nuclear threat,” said Ja Song Nam, the North Korean permanent representative to the United Nations. “If anyone is to blame for it, the U.S. is the one who must be held accountable.”

“[North Korea] will march forward and make great advancement [in its weapons program],” he added.

My Take

I am not endorsing war. I’m also not opposed to it if the need is great enough. There isn’t a simple solution to the North Korean problem. There isn’t even a complex solution, really. All we have are potential actions that we can take to try to stop a regime that hates us from having the capacity to destroy us.

There is another option. What if we just left them alone? They apparently won’t stop provoking us, South Korea, or Japan. What if we just ignore them? Let them do their thing. Isolate them. Shoot down any missiles that are heading towards our airspace or the airspace of our allies. I don’t like that option any better than a military option, but when all the choices are bad, we have to try to determine which ones are less bad than the others.

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Someone needs to make the historical case for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel

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Someone needs to make the historical case for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel

Following President Trump’s declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the world reacted poorly. Many thought it was a bad move for the peace process, though that argument can be easily debunked by the fact that we’re no closer to peace now than we have been at any time over the last two decades when Jerusalem wasn’t recognized by the U.S.

The other argument is historical. Many, particularly Muslim and anti-Israel nations and their leaders, believe Jerusalem should be considered the capitol of Palestine, which of course doesn’t exist at this moment in history.

Buckle Up: Erdogan and UN Islamic Member States Just Declared Jerusalem the Capitol of Palestine

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2017/12/13/buckle-erdogan-un-islamic-member-states-just-declared-jerusalem-capitol-palestine/According to the Anadolu Agency, the deceleration came from a group of Islamic countries under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), lead by Turkish President  Erdogan, in a communique.

The communique said it “rejects and condemns in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the president of the United States America recognizing Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power.”

There’s no political debate that can change minds in this regard. The only way to approach it is for someone to make a proper historical case for Jerusalem being the capital of Israel instead. Someone in power, whether based upon the financial capacity to make it happen or through political clout, needs to sponsor a multinational research project with the goal of definitively declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Those of us who follow history, the Bible, and the geopolitical atmosphere that has called the truth into question don’t need such a case to be made, but much of the world does. The confusion surrounding “Palestine” itself is a case study in extended promotion of a false narrative.

Once such a project is complete, it’s imperative for the United States, Israel, and any other nation that wants to be on the right side of history to embrace and push out the results. If I had the money or political clout, I’d do it myself. I do not. For such a project to be effective in changing hearts and minds, it would need a very diverse range of participants. This couldn’t just be a couple of research students compiling the data. It also couldn’t be a simple article. To be effective, it would have to be comprehensive, backed by both facts and modern perspectives, and verified across the board to make sure it’s perfect. Any holes in the results would be enough to de-legitimize the entire endeavor.

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Netanyahu tells European leaders Trump has a peace plan he can support

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Netanyahu tells European leaders Trump has a peace plan he can support

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European leaders this weekend that President Trump has a peace plan for the Middle East and will be unveiling it in the coming months. He said the plan will “challenge” both the Israelis as well as the Palestinians, but it may be the only plan he’s willing to support despite concessions it will require from Israel.

Netanyahu spoke first with French President Emanuel Macron on Sunday, then went to Brussels to meet with EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and with the foreign ministers from EU member states. The Prime Minister’s office has confirmed details of the meeting other than the use of the word “concessions” which they said was inserted for the sake of the European narrative.

“There might be a European interest to give a different description of the conversation,” Israeli officials said.

Netanyahu to Macron: I’ll make concessions for Trump peace plan

https://www.axios.com/netanyahu-to-macron-ill-make-concessions-for-trump-peace-plan-2516985119.htmlIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French President Emanuel Macron on Sunday that he will be ready to make concessions in the context of a Trump peace plan, according to two European diplomats who were briefed on their meeting at Élysée Palace in Paris.

What we’re hearing: The European diplomats, who asked for anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said Macron told Netanyahu he spoke several times with Trump in the last week. Macron added that Trump told him that in a few months, he will present a peace plan that will be different from all previous Middle East peace initiatives.

My Take

It’s no secret Netanyahu has enjoyed a much better relationship with President Trump than with his predecessor. His willingness to accept challenges associated with securing peace means he has more trust in Trump than many probably realize. This all sounds like incredible news for the Middle East and the world. On a side note, students of Bible prophecy might need to take more interest in following this story if it pans out.

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