Today Donald Trump does something that presidents have promised for decades but have never done. today the US embassy in Israel moves to Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Post notes the day shouldn’t be as big a deal as it is:
It shouldn’t have had to be so bold. Every country ought to have the right to choose its own capital. But that basic political rule applies to each nation on earth, save one.
Think about it. The other 192 United Nations member states pick the site for their capital and it’s no one else’s business.
No doubt, diplomats assigned to Australia would prefer to be situated in Melbourne or Sydney, but the political choice was Canberra and that was that.
Nor did anyone utter a peep when Germany, following reunification, moved its capital from Bonn to Berlin, compelling governments around the world to spend a fortune to find new premises in Berlin.
The same goes for Kazakhstan, which decided to move its capital from Almaty to Astana in 1998, again disrupting the lives of every country that had a diplomatic post in the Central Asian nation.
Or take Nigeria, which chose to leave Lagos and create a new capital city, in distant Abudja, in 1991.
But Israel, and Israel alone, has found itself in the unique position of having its self-declared capital in Jerusalem, while other nations insist it’s in Tel Aviv, where they locate their embassies and residences.
But it IS a big deal and it’s a big deal because Donald Trump had the courage to keep his word, and because he had that courage others are finding it as well:
Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, supported by the Czech Republic and Romania, blocked an EU motion condemning President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, according to Israeli news anchor Barak Ravid.
Apparently not everyone in the EU have been cowered by Islamists:
“The Hungarians didn’t want to poke Trump in the eye and the Czechs and the Romanians are considering to move their embassies to Jerusalem against the EU position,” a source told the Israeli.
EU officials frustrated by Trump’s actions are proving just as impotent as the media which is also deriding Trump’s move completely unable to cope with a man willing to stand by his word against the crowd.
If the Palestinians are smart they will take notice and make a deal now while they can, because I suspect that the best offer they will get from Trump will be his first, because if in 18 months Korea, Syria and Iran have all played against Trump and lost how much less likely are the Palestinians going to do better.
It will be a lot of fun to watch Democrats campaign against the idea of Jerusalem being Jewish, particularly after the fiasco of 2012 but the irony is I suspect they would have been looking for such an excuse anyway pretty soon.
Update: for those who have forgotten this story: Democrats put God & Jerusalem back in the platform…kicking and screaming an excerpt:
Did I actually see the Democrats need three tries to add “God” & “Jerusalem” back to their platform?
Did I actually see the Democrats lose their voice vote three times to change their platform and only pass their amendment due to a tin ear.
Did I actually see CNN focus on Arab Democrats very Angry?
Did I actually hear the hall BOO THE INSERTION OB GOD BACK IN THE PLATFORM ON INTERNATIONAL TV?
I’m sorry as the 11th Doctor said when first meeting the Vampire Ladies in Vampires of Venice “It’s Christmas”