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The anti-Israel spin against moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has begun

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The anti-Israel spin against moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem has begun

There are plenty of cautious, unbiased voices expressing concern over President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Then, there are hysterical voices outright denouncing the move and making up whatever narrative they can form to build opposition to the move regardless of the truth.

Before we get into the hysterical voices, let’s discuss the truth. I’ve seen lists of 7, 10, 12, and more of really good reasons to not only support but wholeheartedly embrace this move. I’m going to break it down to the three most important:

  1. Israel is a sovereign nation and Jerusalem is its capital. Who are we (or anyone else) to tell them that it’s not?
  2. The most common argument against the move is that it would derail decades of diplomacy we’ve put into Middle East peace. This is a ludicrous argument. This “diplomacy” hasn’t made Israel safer. They’ve essentially stood alone (with technological and equipment aid from the United States) when it comes to defending themselves against the enemies that surround them. All of this “diplomacy” has not brought peace to the Middle East in general and has not prevented ongoing attacks from the very people who would like to have a two-state solution. In reality, they want a one-state solution and no measure of diplomacy will change that.
  3. Once and for all, it’s time to stop talking about the 1967 borders. It’s time to stop saying Israel is occupying any lands unlawfully. Jerusalem is in Israel. There’s no splitting it or giving it to the Palestinians. They are free to worship there, but it’s in the land of Israel. The sooner we and the rest of the world acknowledge this, the sooner we can achieve real peace in the land.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at those who are against Israel. It’s a pretty mixed group, though most of the publications and authors who oppose the move would be considered left-leaning. Not all liberal disapprove; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is notably in favor of making Jerusalem the permanent capital of Israel.

Feel free to click through and check out any of these stories. I’m confident if you’re reading this, you won’t be swayed by the subtle jabs or the actual antisemitism veiled within the words of these articles. It’s good to know what the anti-Israel crowd is saying so we can better understand how to defeat their false narratives. This is a small sampling. There are dozens of other major news outlets publishing articles opposing the President’s move. Most use scare tactics; it’s better for their narrative to make people concerned about the repercussions instead of focusing on right or wrong.

Examples of anti-Israel spin stories

Why declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could cause a furor in the Middle East

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/05/trump-recognizes-jerusalem-israel-capital/923059001/“Any American step related to the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, or moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, represents a threat to the future of the peace process and is unacceptable for the Palestinians, Arabs and internationally,” Abbas said over the weekend, according to the official Wafa Palestinian news agency.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Trump called him Tuesday to say he wanted to move the embassy to Jerusalem, according to a statement by the Jordanian embassy.

Trump’s plan to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel will derail decades of US diplomacy

https://www.vox.com/2017/12/5/16735072/trump-jerusalem-capital-embassy-palestinians-israelisThe administration’s planned announcement is already sparking fury across the Arab world. A spokeswoman for Abbas’s office issued a statement early Tuesday warning of “dangerous consequences” if Trump moves forward with plans to eventually move the embassy. King Abdullah was equally critical, saying in a statement that the White House shift on Jerusalem “will undermine the efforts of the American administration to resume the peace process.”

Right-wing Israeli leaders, by contrast, didn’t try to disguise their happiness. In a message to Trump, Naftali Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party, said he wanted to thank “you from the bottom of my heart for your commitment and intention to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Risking Backlash, Trump Plans To Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital : The Two-Way

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/05/567796812/risking-backlash-trump-plans-to-recognize-jerusalem-as-israels-capitalBoth Israel and the Palestinians claim the city is their capital. Israel captured the eastern portion of the city in the 1967 war and U.S. policy — under Republican and Democratic presidents — has long held that the city’s status should be decided in peace talks.

Trump’s announcement, expected Wednesday afternoon, essentially endorses the Israeli position on the city.

Opinion | Does President Trump Want to Negotiate Middle East Peace?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/opinion/does-president-trump-want-to-negotiate-middle-east-peace.htmlAlthough Israel’s government has been located in Jerusalem since its founding in 1948, the United States, like the rest of the world, hasn’t recognized the city as Israeli territory, even after the Arab-Israeli War in 1967, when Israel drove back Jordan from East Jerusalem and occupied it. Under the Oslo Accords, Israel promised to negotiate Jerusalem’s future as part of a peace agreement. It has been assumed that under any deal, the city would remain its capital.

Palestinians anticipated being able to locate their capital in East Jerusalem and to have access to Muslim holy sites there. East Jerusalem was exclusively Arab in 1967, but Israel has steadily built settlements there, placing some 200,000 of its citizens among the Arab population and complicating any possible peace agreement.

Why the White House doesn’t think Jerusalem move will kill peace plan

https://www.axios.com/why-white-house-doesnt-think-jerusalem-move-will-kill-peace-plan-2515204872.htmlJust hours before President Trump’s highly anticipated speech on Jerusalem, the White House is engaged in damage control. The challenge Trump and his team are facing: how to fulfill his campaign promise of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and still get a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians — and prevent a wave a violence across the West Bank and the Middle East.

Between the lines: White House officials think Trump’s decision to follow through on his campaign promise — even if only partially — strengthens his credibility around the world as a someone who stands by his word, isn’t intimidated by threats, and doesn’t cave to international pressure.

Trump decision on Jerusalem could have deep repercussions

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5150297/Trump-decision-Jerusalem-deep-repercussions.htmlOn the campaign trail, Trump took a strongly pro-Israel stance and promised to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, where most countries keep their embassies, to Jerusalem. Since taking office, he has learned that such a move is easier to talk about than to carry out.

Under American law, the president must sign a waiver every six months that leaves the embassy in Tel Aviv. In June, Trump renewed the waiver, as a string of predecessors has done. This week, another six-month deadline passed without Trump renewing it.

Spotlight: Trump to announce decision on moving embassy to Jerusalem, sparking wide criticism, worries

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/06/c_136804871.htmEuropean Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday warned that the status of Jerusalem should be resolved through negotiations.

Speaking to reporters following a meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Mogherini reiterated that EU supports “the resumption of a meaningful peace process towards a two-state,” warning that “any action that would undermine these efforts must absolutely be avoided.”

Trump’s Jerusalem decision has no upside

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2017/12/trump_s_jerusalem_decision_has_no_upside.htmlTo talk about all of this Mideast upheaval, I spoke by phone with Ilan Goldenberg, the director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed whether Benjamin Netanyahu’s political position was secure, the distinct (but both unsuccessful) ways in which Obama and Trump have approached the Middle East, and just how incompetent this administration really is.

Facts versus spin

By no means am I suggesting there’s no need to report on opposition. News is news and if this world leader or that scholar says it’s a bad idea, we should hear why. The problem I have with these and so many other “news” articles about the move is that they’re littered with the anti-Israel agenda. Sometimes it’s hard to notice. Other times it’s as blatant as an antisemitic neon sign. This is narrative-building. It’s agenda-promoting. It’s more of the same anti-Israel spin that’s grown to be so common in mainstream and leftist media.

Final thoughts

There are so many things to unpack regarding this move, but I’ll wait until everything is on the table. There are some who are saying that the move isn’t really a matter of doing the right thing. It’s the President dangling the carrot so he can broker a two-state solution. It may sound unlikely at this point, but anything’s possible. World events are moving quickly.

If the President does, indeed, sign orders to move the embassy, we should all look closely at the details. Missing the Monday deadline to push the decision down the road is not a sign of rapid movement. It just started the clock. How quickly or intentionally slowly the move is made will give us an idea of how this is all going to play out.

One thing is certain. Unlike past presidents who all (other than Barack Obama) promised to move the embassy during campaign season then avoided the question once they were in office, President Trump has ratcheted up talk about fulfilling the promise he made last year. There’s no backing away at this point, though there’s still a chance he could change his mind once turmoil hits the Middle East more so than it already has.

I truly hope this comes to pass. There will be challenges, not just from the Palestinians and other Middle East nations but also from many here in the United States. We have to do what we can to fight the anti-Israel narrative. Meanwhile, Israel and the United States have to be prepared for an international backlash that could lead to harsh responses.

For better or for worse, it’s shaping up to be Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu versus the whole world. The way it’s handled and the end results will both reverberate across the globe. That’s not in question. What we have to wait to find out is if they’re able to craft their own narrative powerful enough to make it resonate.

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food. He writes about cars for several publications and lives in northern California.

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace… unless it’s Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerusalem

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace unless its Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerus

When President Trump announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there, most world leaders condemned the plan as an obstacle to peace. The chorus rang loud that putting an embassy in Jerusalem would derail the progress that has been made in the last few decades. Now that Turkish President Erdogan has decided to open an embassy in East Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Palestine, the world responded as expected.

Crickets.

It’s not that most of the world is against an embassy in Jerusalem or anyone acknowledging it as the capital. They just don’t want an embassy to Israel there, nor do they want it recognized as Jerusalem’s capital. The anti-Israel world (which is made up of a vast majority of world leaders, a good portion of the non-Jewish people, a surprisingly large number of Jews, and pretty much every Muslim) knows only one way to peace: a two-state solution.

The world wants to take a country the size of New Jersey with the only Jewish majority in the world and split it up with people, many of whom have vowed to destroy Israel itself. That’s why they’re okay with Erdogan making his fuss over all this. Let’s take a brief look at what Erdogan is doing, then I’ll leave my final thoughts on the matter.

Further Reading

Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslim nations to go to UN over Jerusalem

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkeys-erdogan-muslim-nations-jerusalem-51811201Turkey’s president says Muslim nations will ask the United Nations for an “annulment” of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the initiative would start at the U.N. Security Council and if it’s “vetoed there, we will work within the U.N. General Assembly for the annulment of this unjust and lawless decision.”

Opinion: Erdogan′s boring taunts in the fight over Jerusalem

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-erdogans-boring-taunts-in-the-fight-over-jerusalem/a-41784633He’s back: the rapscallion, the bully, the lout, the eternal political campaigner Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president was at his old game as soon as the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off in Istanbul. He called Israel a “terrorist and occupier state,” and invited “every country” to “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied state of Palestine.”

Turkey’s President Erdogan says he will open an embassy in East Jerusalem

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-embassy-east-jerusalem-palestinians-israel-donald-trump-a8115281.htmlTurkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Final Thoughts

These moves have very little to do with Jerusalem. They have everything to do with Erdogan’s ambition to be the leader of the Muslim world. He wants to build a coalition behind him to be the “great uniter” of a diverse people spread around the globe who are often at odds with one another. He wants to rebuild the Ottoman Empire. The scary part is that it might work.

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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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