Ending 22 Years of Fence-Sitting Is The Best Course for Mideast Peace

President Trump informed Middle East leaders he intends to let 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act go into effect. Good Trump.

The United States Congress passed S-1322 on October 24, 1995, with both houses of Congress voting overwhelmingly in favor (87% for, 8% against). President Bill Clinton let the bill become law without signing or vetoing, and Public Law 104-45, known as the Jerusalem Embassy Act, went on the books.

The Act recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and imposes steep (50%) holdbacks against State Department funding for “Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad” for each fiscal year that the U.S. embassy in Israel is not moved to Jerusalem.

It has been the position of each administration since Clinton to sign a waiver to delay the Act’s implementation every six months. Today, President Trump will not sign the waiver, fulfilling a major campaign promise.

Sitting on the fence for 22 years with an unenforced law is no way to conduct foreign policy. It’s disingenuous and blatantly unfair to the rest of the world. Yet the world is treating this law as if it’s something new and destabilizing.

That’s horse manure. Trump is right to force the world to face the issue of Jerusalem.

In his phone calls with Arab leaders, Mr. Trump is making the case that settling the question of the American Embassy could actually hasten the peace process by removing a thorny political issue that recurs every six months.

It’s good to divide the wheat from the chaff and see who stands with western democracy, and who stands with fence-sitting (or with hardline regimes that want to destroy Israel). Germany, for one, is standing with Israel’s enemies.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday warned against a unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Gabriel added a fierce statement to his warning, saying that Germany would have to "spell out where the limits" of its solidarity stood.

Remember, Public Law 104-45 has been on the books in America for 22 years. The limits of solidarity apparently end where NATO’s protection is no longer needed.

Germany is not the only one.

Trump is doing something that’s needed to be done for years. Clinton and Bush only wanted coalitions when the issues were easy. Obama wanted to realign the power structure of the Middle East and that’s led to the biggest bloodletting since World War II. In any other context, he’d be facing war criminal charges.

The question is simple: Do other nations want to be friendly with America or not? If so, then America’s right to implement a 22-year-old law cannot be questioned. Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East, and like all other nations, it should have the right to declare its own capital.

In the end, peace is best served by putting the issue behind us. As long as we sit on the fence, nothing will move forward. It appears Trump spent much time securing the tacit approval of Saudi interests (with Kushner’s multiple trips) before going ahead.

How will the Palestinians react? As they always do at the slightest opportunity.

One more time: The Jerusalem Embassy Act has been law in the U.S. for 22 years, when Bill Clinton didn’t veto it (because it would have been overridden). This is the will of the U.S. government. No Congress since has repealed it—even in 2010 when Democrats could have and surely Obama would have signed it.

Israel’s capital has always been Jerusalem and the U.S. government chose to recognize that in law. The fact that the law had a loophole which presidents used to delay implementation is not relevant here. This is the best move President Trump has made since he took office.

Remember, the same people who want to tell Isreal where to put their capitol would love to come into your kitchen and tell you where to put your toaster! They already tried to tell the UK what teapot they could use.

This will be interesting to watch. There are, indeed, voices crying out that this is the end of the world. "There can never be peace!" Guess what. They're the same voices who relentlessly call for the destruction of Israel. I doubt we'll see much fallout from this decision. Perhaps, though, a few other "fence sitters" will follow our example.

Yes ... even the country "Azhar" will be protesting Trump's decision.... (Azhar is not a country, its a 2016 Indian sports drama film) No joke.

Just looking at Joyce Karam's list of countries opposed to the move. I want Israel on our side more than the rest combined.

@DeepTruth Yeah "Azhar" confused me too. There's a mosque and a university with that name (al Ahzar), but not a country. I think Saudi Arabia and UAE leaders are tacitly on board but can't publicly acknowledge it for fear of their own thrones being compromised.

Jerusalem ultimately belongs to God. It's the Center of where Christ will establish His Kingdom on Earth (not in Heaven {Rev. 21}).

I concur. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
Now when the Trump haters ask me to name one good thing Trump has done, I can now give them two:
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What will the Palestinians do differently after the move than they are doing now or in the past? Germany has descendants of the Nazi era who did not embrace Jews then nor do they now; so the fact they would stand with the enemy of our friends in Israel should not come as a surprise. The story of the relationship between Hitler's regime and Arabs is one of interest. Hitler believed Arabs sub-human, yet politically he saw the advantage of courting their political favor because of their resentment of Great Britain’s colonization. Adherents of the Islam faith, and Arabs in general trace their ancestry to Ishmael, the 1st son of Abraham by his Sarah's' servant Hagar. Isaac was the son born to Sarah. Because of Sarah's jealousy, Hagar and Ishmael were sent away. Jews trace their roots to Isaac while Muslims trace theirs to Ishmael. There has been enmity between Arabs and Jews since the time of Abraham! A nation’s leader must sometimes put aside partisan politics and ‘political correctness’ and do what is right and that is what Trump is doing now.

We are selling airplanes, and probably other weapons, to Saudi Arabia and we are training their pilots. Do you suppose that might have something to do with Saudi Arabia staying out of the fray, at least at face value. Who knows what happens behind closed doors. It would be interesting to be able to stand behind the door and peek through the crack, if we could, to see and hear what the Saudi's actually say about this and what their future plans are. This has to be a terrible loss of face (honor) to Islam and I doubt that they will let it go unchallenged. We will see where Saudi Aarabia stands when the chips begin to tumble -- and they will.

It's about time decisive action has been taken! As to the so-called peace talks being destabilized, in the Middle East peaces means eradicating Israel altogether. As to recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol, why not? That's where the government is. What if Trump would say to Sigmar Gabriel, we will no longer recognize Berlin as the capitol of Germany but only the post WWII treaty when Bonn was the capitol.

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