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”

Jerusalem Capital of Israel Trump

Sir Humphrey Well I’m sure it’s a question of us maintaining our relationship the Arabs.  The power of Islam.  [lowering his tone]  Oil Supplies.

PM James Hacker:  Humphrey I’m talking about what’s right and wrong.

Sir Humphrey:  Well don’t let the foreign office hear you.

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

Don Corleone: And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.

The Godfather 1972

One might think Donald Trump’s propensity to keep promises that he made to the voters who he considers his customers, enough of a reason for his decision to finally recognize the reality of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel when all of his predecessors failed to do so.  But even ignoring that character trait of Trumps to see things as they are there are two factors that make this the most opportune time for the US to make this move.

Fracking

Since the 1970’s the Arab nations have held their control over oil prices over our head as a club to restrain us from serious opposition.  Their ability to increase energy prices and hurt the US economy has been a factor for presidents from Nixon to Clinton to consider.  Only a massive attack like 9/11 was enough to override those considerations and act.

However the Fracking booms has changed the equation.

With the US now able to supply it’s oil need to the point that we are a net exporter combined the ability of US Frackers who have become more and more efficient, to add to production if prices start to increase suddenly trumps any attempt by Arab nations to push us around on the basis of oil, and that’s not even considering Trump’s actions to enable pipelines and drilling within the country.

Put simply the Arabs ability to mess with our energy supply is now a thing of the past and without the Obama administration trying to regulate Fracking away it’s unlike to return in our lifetimes.

Iran:  

Fracking takes away the ability of the Arabs to muscle us but the rise of Iran and the advancement of the Iranian nuclear program (ironically aided by the Obama administration)  has suddenly given states like Saudi Arabia , Jordan and others completely dependent on the US (and Israel) to keep Iran in check.

As none of them are willing or even able to hold off Iran on their own the US and Israel can name their price for that protection.

So while Palestinians will the Jerusalem decision as a justification to commit terrorism and murder Jews (as opposed to all the other reasons they have used for such terror for years) the reality those same Arab nations, while giving lip service to these Palestinian moves will quietly refrain from any concrete or meaningful action because they know that American and Israeli power is the only thing keeping them from becoming vassal states of Iran.

And with countries from both Africa and Europe already following suit the genie is out of the bottle for good.

And that doesn’t even count the possibility that Trump might be willing to cut the purse strings that keep the corrupt Palestinian authority in power.  Or his willingness to call Arab empty threats and bluffs.

Trump understand negotiating from strength and while he has that strength and leverage he’s going to use it.

That’s what a leader does.

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