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Yes, Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

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Yes, Jerusalem is Israel's capital

What would Amer­i­cans do if other coun­tries and the United Nations told us our actual cap­i­tal was Los Ange­les? We can say it’s Wash­ing­ton DC all we want, but shouldn’t we just accept it if the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity decides they want Los Ange­les to be the cap­i­tal? Of course not.

This idea seems to be lost on those who refuse to acknowl­edge Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Israel. Now, Pres­i­dent Trump can be counted as one of those peo­ple who, despite very clear cam­paign promises, has decided to do what every U.S. Pres­i­dent has done for years. He’s proac­tively not mov­ing the U.S. Embassy there.

It’s impor­tant to note that this is an active deci­sion. If he had done noth­ing, it would have been on the State Depart­ment to make the move imme­di­ately or lose fund­ing. Instead, the Pres­i­dent waived a law requir­ing the move. This doesn’t jibe with a sim­ple cam­paign promise.

We will move the Amer­i­can embassy to the eter­nal cap­i­tal of the Jew­ish peo­ple, Jerusalem,” he told an extremely excited crowd.

As Jared Kush­ner, Reince Priebus, and oth­ers in his admin­is­tra­tion would note, any such move would do dam­age to America’s rela­tion­ship with Mus­lim nations in the Mid­dle East. They claim East Jerusalem as theirs, often claim­ing that it’s part of their reli­gious his­tory. What they won’t tell you is that it isn’t men­tioned in the Quran. Not once. They also aren’t inter­ested in the fact that it was claimed as the Jew­ish cap­i­tal over a millennium-​and-​a-​half before Islam was even established.

None of that’s impor­tant when feath­ers might be ruf­fled, right?

The notion that this is a tem­po­rary move is ridicu­lous. There’s never going to be a good time to keep this cam­paign promise. Never.

Some might throw up a silly argu­ment that we don’t need to mess with inter­na­tional affairs, that Trump’s “Amer­ica First” pledge super­sedes all other promises. They might even say we can’t afford it (though we can some­how afford every­thing under the sun in the spend­ing agree­ment DC just passed), but that’s even sil­lier. Trump could say, “We’re going to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and Israel’s going to pay for it.”

They would. In a heartbeat.

The list of bro­ken promises is already pil­ing up almost as quickly as Pres­i­dent Obama’s did when he took office in 2009. The dif­fer­ence is that Pres­i­dent Trump is pass­ing on some of the eas­i­est. Mov­ing the embassy to Jerusalem is a layup. Whether it’s his advis­ers, some back­room deals he made with Mus­lim coun­tries, or influ­ence from “the orb” that’s mak­ing him back­track, this is not what we were promised when we put him in the White House.

What would Americans do if other countries and the United Nations told us our actual capital was Los Angeles? We can say it’s Washington DC all we want, but shouldn’t we just accept it if the international community decides they want Los Angeles to be the capital? Of course not.

This idea seems to be lost on those who refuse to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Now, President Trump can be counted as one of those people who, despite very clear campaign promises, has decided to do what every U.S. President has done for years. He’s proactively not moving the U.S. Embassy there.

It’s important to note that this is an active decision. If he had done nothing, it would have been on the State Department to make the move immediately or lose funding. Instead, the President waived a law requiring the move. This doesn’t jibe with a simple campaign promise.

“We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” he told an extremely excited crowd.

As Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, and others in his administration would note, any such move would do damage to America’s relationship with Muslim nations in the Middle East. They claim East Jerusalem as theirs, often claiming that it’s part of their religious history. What they won’t tell you is that it isn’t mentioned in the Quran. Not once. They also aren’t interested in the fact that it was claimed as the Jewish capital over a millennium-and-a-half before Islam was even established.

None of that’s important when feathers might be ruffled, right?

The notion that this is a temporary move is ridiculous. There’s never going to be a good time to keep this campaign promise. Never.

Some might throw up a silly argument that we don’t need to mess with international affairs, that Trump’s “America First” pledge supersedes all other promises. They might even say we can’t afford it (though we can somehow afford everything under the sun in the spending agreement DC just passed), but that’s even sillier. Trump could say, “We’re going to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and Israel’s going to pay for it.”

They would. In a heartbeat.

The list of broken promises is already piling up almost as quickly as President Obama’s did when he took office in 2009. The difference is that President Trump is passing on some of the easiest. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a layup. Whether it’s his advisers, some backroom deals he made with Muslim countries, or influence from “the orb” that’s making him backtrack, this is not what we were promised when we put him in the White House.