Next Year in Jerusalem, for real this time

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Next Year in Jerusalem, for real this time

A few weeks ago the Daily Mail ran an incor­rect story con­cern­ing Mike Huck­abee as the new ambas­sador to Israel and con­cluded that like the annual four year cycle of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates promis­ing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem then back­ing out is about to end per­ma­nently:

Huck­abee, an ordained Bap­tist preacher and elec­tric bass player, will become the tip of Trump’s spear as he seeks to shake up U.S. for­eign rela­tions in the Mid­dle East, begin­ning with relo­cat­ing America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

‘That’s going to hap­pen,’ the tran­si­tion offi­cial said. ‘Gov­er­nor Huck­abee is going to see it through.’

Well sev­eral weeks later we now know Trump’s ambas­sador to Israel is going to be David Fried­man and it looks like while the Mail got the name wrong the end result might be the same:

Don­ald Trump’s choice for ambas­sador to Israel said he rec­og­nizes Jerusalem as the nation’s cap­i­tal, break­ing with long­stand­ing U.S. for­eign policy.

David Fried­man, a bank­ruptcy lawyer, said in a state­ment that as ambas­sador he would work to “strengthen the unbreak­able bond between our two coun­tries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look for­ward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eter­nal cap­i­tal, Jerusalem,”

And the left (par­tic­u­larly J-​Street which in my opin­ion seems to have the same rela­tion­ship with the arabs as the rebels and deputy gov­er­nor Quinn did with the Daleks in Power of the Daleks) is melt­ing down big over it:

David Fried­man is a promi­nent and suc­cess­ful attor­ney in New York who has spent 20 years rep­re­sent­ing Don­ald Trump, among other clients. He is also a proud Jew who holds unapolo­getic pro-​Israel views that are hereti­cal in Times-​world, and he has also expressed acid dis­dain for the kind of Jew­ish anti-​Israel activism reg­u­larly glo­ri­fied in the pages of the Times.

So he must be destroyed — and to destroy him he must be lied about. Which is what the Times did.

The report, by Matthew Rosen­berg, is a car­i­ca­ture of polit­i­cal frus­tra­tion and resent­ment mas­querad­ing as news. The head­line, of course, is “Trump Chooses Hard-​Liner As Ambas­sador to Israel,” the phrase “hard-​liner” being an all-​purpose Times den­i­gra­tion of any­one who holds polit­i­cal views anath­ema to lib­er­als, but never as a descrip­tion of lib­er­als who hold views anath­ema to conservatives.

While the left would dis­agree the like­li­hood that “Next Year in Jerusalem” is actu­ally going to be true as far as the embassy goes is bril­liant for sev­eral reasons,

  1. It puts all those cry­ing “Trump anti-​Semitism” into a bad box try­ing to explain to vot­ers how this rec­on­ciles with their false meme of Trump the anti-​Semite with this move. And while the MSM will likely endorse the spin given to explain it, it won’t fly with voters.
  2. It takes advan­tage of the protests against Trump. Any such move would likely be greeted by loud objec­tions by the press, mus­lims and arab nations, but when every­one is already protest­ing and yelling about your very exis­tence, such voices are likely to not be heard over the already exist­ing din. Per­haps Trump will thank these fools for iron­i­cally mak­ing the move eas­ier for his administration.
  3. While the MSM has not talked about it. The Demo­c­rat left and col­lege cam­puses have become hotbeds of anti­semitism on the left. This move will undoubt­edly pro­duce angry procla­ma­tions about Jews that will be most embar­rass­ing to the left and eas­ily thrown in the face of both the MSM and the Demo­c­rat party.
  4. Before the elec­tion we saw busi­nesses and nations which said things con­trary to Trump’s posi­tions sud­denly change direc­tion and embrace them. Once the US puts the embassy in Jerusalem it’s not only going to stay there but I sus­pect a lot of other nations are sud­denly going to think that idea might have merit.

In short, it’s dri­ves all the right peo­ple absolutely bat­shit crazy and appar­ently Trump is not going to play the old game:

With Obama and Kerry gone, Israel can respond with clo­sure and ignore the U.N. Trump is not a grad­u­al­ist who will insist on a cease­fire so the besieged bad guys can regroup. Finally, sev­eral Arab nations have lost patience with Pales­tin­ian intransigence.

It’s time for some­thing new. Nearly a half-​century of the “peace process” has failed. Give back Gaza, and you get infil­tra­tion tun­nels and rocket attacks. Stop set­tle­ments, and it makes no dif­fer­ence. The Pales­tini­ans still teach school chil­dren hatred and vio­lence. Their lead­ers diverted eco­nomic aid to Swiss bank accounts or mak­ing rock­ets and build­ing infil­tra­tion tun­nels. The Islamists don’t care about real estate; they want to kill the Jews, all of them.

What’s in Trump’s head? He sees Israel as an ally that Obama under­cut. He believes peace is more prob­a­ble if the U.S. sup­ports Israel. He is send­ing a mes­sage, with this ambas­sador and with mov­ing the embassy, that the prover­bial train is leav­ing the sta­tion. Time is run­ning out for the Pales­tini­ans to come to the table.With Obama and Kerry gone, Israel can respond with clo­sure and ignore the U.N. Trump is not a grad­u­al­ist who will insist on a cease­fire so the besieged bad guys can regroup. Finally, sev­eral Arab nations have lost patience with Pales­tin­ian intransigence.

This keeps get­ting bet­ter and better.

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A few weeks ago the Daily Mail ran an incorrect story concerning Mike Huckabee as the new ambassador to Israel and concluded that like the annual four year cycle of presidential candidates promising to move the US embassy to Jerusalem then backing out is about to end permanently:

Huckabee, an ordained Baptist preacher and electric bass player, will become the tip of Trump’s spear as he seeks to shake up U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East, beginning with relocating America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

‘That’s going to happen,’ the transition official said. ‘Governor Huckabee is going to see it through.’

Well several weeks later we now know Trump’s ambassador to Israel is going to be David Friedman and it looks like while the Mail got the name wrong the end result might be the same:

Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel said he recognizes Jerusalem as the nation’s capital, breaking with longstanding U.S. foreign policy.

David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer, said in a statement that as ambassador he would work to “strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem,”

And the left (particularly J-Street which in my opinion seems to have the same relationship with the arabs as the rebels and deputy governor Quinn did with the Daleks in Power of the Daleks) is melting down big over it:

David Friedman is a prominent and successful attorney in New York who has spent 20 years representing Donald Trump, among other clients. He is also a proud Jew who holds unapologetic pro-Israel views that are heretical in Times-world, and he has also expressed acid disdain for the kind of Jewish anti-Israel activism regularly glorified in the pages of the Times.

So he must be destroyed—and to destroy him he must be lied about. Which is what the Times did.

The report, by Matthew Rosenberg, is a caricature of political frustration and resentment masquerading as news. The headline, of course, is “Trump Chooses Hard-Liner As Ambassador to Israel,” the phrase “hard-liner” being an all-purpose Times denigration of anyone who holds political views anathema to liberals, but never as a description of liberals who hold views anathema to conservatives.

While the left would disagree the likelihood that “Next Year in Jerusalem” is actually going to be true as far as the embassy goes is brilliant for several reasons,

  1. It puts all those crying “Trump anti-Semitism” into a bad box trying to explain to voters how this reconciles with their false meme of Trump the anti-Semite with this move.  And while the MSM will likely endorse the spin given to explain it, it won’t fly with voters.
  2. It takes advantage of the protests against Trump.  Any such move would likely be greeted by loud objections by the press, muslims and arab nations, but when everyone is already protesting and yelling about your very existence, such voices are likely to not be heard over the already existing din.  Perhaps Trump will thank these fools for ironically making the move easier for his administration.
  3. While the MSM has not talked about it.  The Democrat left and college campuses have become hotbeds of antisemitism on the left.  This move will undoubtedly produce angry proclamations about Jews that will be most embarrassing to the left and easily thrown in the face of both the MSM and the Democrat party.
  4. Before the election we saw businesses and nations which said things contrary to Trump’s positions suddenly change direction and embrace them.  Once the US puts the embassy in Jerusalem it’s not only going to stay there but I suspect a lot of other nations are suddenly going to think that idea might have merit.

In short, it’s drives all the right people absolutely batshit crazy and apparently Trump is not going to play the old game:

With Obama and Kerry gone, Israel can respond with closure and ignore the U.N. Trump is not a gradualist who will insist on a ceasefire so the besieged bad guys can regroup. Finally, several Arab nations have lost patience with Palestinian intransigence.

It’s time for something new. Nearly a half-century of the “peace process” has failed. Give back Gaza, and you get infiltration tunnels and rocket attacks. Stop settlements, and it makes no difference. The Palestinians still teach school children hatred and violence. Their leaders diverted economic aid to Swiss bank accounts or making rockets and building infiltration tunnels. The Islamists don’t care about real estate; they want to kill the Jews, all of them.

What’s in Trump’s head? He sees Israel as an ally that Obama undercut. He believes peace is more probable if the U.S. supports Israel. He is sending a message, with this ambassador and with moving the embassy, that the proverbial train is leaving the station. Time is running out for the Palestinians to come to the table.With Obama and Kerry gone, Israel can respond with closure and ignore the U.N. Trump is not a gradualist who will insist on a ceasefire so the besieged bad guys can regroup. Finally, several Arab nations have lost patience with Palestinian intransigence. 

This keeps getting better and better.

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