Thursday, January 19, 2017

A smart move for Trump

It's been widely reported that Donald Trump had promised to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It's difficult to explain to a rational person why some people would object to this - after all, Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state, and has been the most holy Jewish city for thousands of years. And yet, the entire international community, the "Moslem street" and the American liberals are strongly against this common sense measure. So, how can Trump fulfill his promise, and silence the inevitable outcry from the liberal media?

I think it's quite easy. First of all, few people remember that in 1995, Congress overwhelmingly voted to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was not even close - the vote in the Senate was 93-5, and in the House 374-37. In 2003, Congress voted on the following resolution: "The Congress maintains its commitment to relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and urges the President [...] to immediately begin the process of relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem".

What president Trump (sounds nice, doesn't it?) should unofficially ask the GOP leaders in the House and the Senate to vote for a resolution calling for president Trump to recognize Jerusalem as a capital of Israel and to transfer the US embassy there. While the Democrat party is clearly moving away from its support of the Jewish state, it is still dependent on the votes and money of the millions of American Jews, and it is unlikely that many Democrats would vote against this proposal. Once it passes Congress, president Trump can loudly proclaim that in the interests of bipartisanship and his commitment to respect the will of the overwhelming Congressional majority, he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump should note that by doing so, he will finally fulfill the promise of our former president Barack Obama.... He should say something like this: 

Finally, we will be able to fulfill the dream of my friend, former president Barack Obama, who years ago promised the American people, that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” It is my pleasure to report to the American people, that Barack's hope to see Jerusalem as an undivided capital of Israel will be finally realized. As he said in his speech, "while you can’t necessarily bend history to your will, you can do your part to see that, in the words of Dr. King, it “bends toward justice.” The day has come when the eternal dream of the Jewish people for justice will be fulfilled  and the strong bipartisan majority in Congress agreed with president Obama's and mine proposal.