Trump's Embassy Move Isn't Like Obama's Ephemeral Iran Deal Because It's Law

President Trump has many faults, of which I'm painfully aware each day. But not this day. Good Trump.

President Trump, in his inaugural address, uttered this line: "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people."

I doubt there is anything that this president has said more true than that. And the proof of it is how quickly Trump has dismantled President Obama's so-called legacy. Obama's legacy consisted of two years of complete control of Congress and the executive branch, and yielded Obamacare, which continues to plague us, because Congress refused to kill it. But all machinations Mr. Pen and a Phone made to prop it up are now for naught.

Obama's climate change agenda and Iran deal are no more because they didn't have the support of Congress. They were ephemeral ink blots made by a White House in collusion with a sycophantic press.

On the other hand, Trump's legacy is going to be very hard for a future president to tear down. Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was the will of Congress, which became law on November 8, 1995. It happened under President Bill Clinton, who did not sign the bill, or veto it.

Therefore, the Jerusalem Embassy Act has been the law of the land for nearly 23 years. President Trump merely complied with its main purpose. Here were the Findings from Congress in 1995:

The Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Each sovereign nation, under international law and

custom, may designate its own capital.
(2) Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital

of the State of Israel.
(3) The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President,

Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.

(4) The city of Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Judaism, and is also considered a holy city by the members of other religious faiths.

(5) From 1948–1967, Jerusalem was a divided city and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jewish citizens of all states were denied access to holy sites in the area controlled by Jordan.

(6) In 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited during the conflict known as the Six Day War.

(7) Since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city adminis- tered by Israel, and persons of all religious faiths have been guaranteed full access to holy sites within the city.

(8) This year marks the 28th consecutive year that Jerusa- lem has been administered as a unified city in which the rights of all faiths have been respected and protected.

(9) In 1990, the Congress unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 106, which declares that the Congress ‘‘strongly believes that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected’’.

(10) In 1992, the United States Senate and House of Rep- resentatives unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolu- tion 113 of the One Hundred Second Congress to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and reaffirming congressional sentiment that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city.

For any future president to undo what Trump did, in accordance with Public Law 104-45, these penalties will apply. Section 3(b):

(b) OPENING DETERMINATION.—Not more than 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the Department of State for fiscal year 1999 for ‘‘Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad’’ may be obligated until the Secretary of State determines and reports to Congress that the United States Embassy in Jerusalem has officially opened.

Section 7(b):

(b) APPLICABILITY OF WAIVER TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.— If the President exercises the authority set forth in subsection (a) in a fiscal year, the limitation set forth in section 3(b) shall apply to funds appropriated in the following fiscal year for the purpose set forth in such section 3(b) except to the extent that the limitation is suspended in such following fiscal year by reason of the exercise of the authority in subsection (a).

In other words, the next president can move the embassy out of Jerusalem, and lose 50 percent of appropriated funding for foreign embassies around the world. Or a future Congress can repeal the Act. This is the way our government is supposed to work. Trump has followed the law, while Obama invented royal fiats.

All the international hissy fits, cries of the anti-Israel press, and human wave attacks by Hamas on Israel's border security won't change the findings Congress made in 1995. It is our law, and finally, it has been implemented properly, and legally, by a sitting president who doesn't care what the elites of the world think of him.

This president has many faults, of which I'm painfully aware each day. But not this day. Good Trump.

I think the main issue for not moving the embassy was to use it as a bargaining chip for peace in the middle east.

But I guess America has given up on trying for a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian issue.

Trump is really the best at deals. He gives the other guy everything he wants. That's how deals work right?

Yeah sorry you can congratulate him all you want, but this rushing to the end of days that seems to drive most people on the right with their regards to Isreal isn't helping things. We were suppose to encourage Isreal to turn back to God, not to turn to us. Honestly I think this is just another mistake that will eventually bring the wrath of God on both of our nations.

Don't buy into the lie that the embassy move makes peace impossible. That's the media story and it's false. Recognizing the terrorists for who they are and exposing their bankrupt ideology of death will possibly spur the Palestinian victims (they are victims of their terrorist oppressors who rob their money and food, and would use them as human shields and dead bodies to shame Israel) to rise up and abandon their failed leaders. It's a better strategy than appeasing the terrorists, like Obama did.


I'm glad Chevy99 you think so much of the Jooos that they don't deserve to choose which city is the capital of their country, which they fight every day to defend from those who would destroy it and kill every man, woman and child who live there, making the world unsafe for Jewry as it was for 2,500 years. But hey that's your right.


That isn't at all what I said. My issue was with how they came to have the ability to choose their capitol and how it affects their's and our own relationship to God. I have read the old testament and I can recall all the times Israel turned to someone or something other than God and how that turned out for all parties. Forgive me for trying to prevent that from happening to us here.

I detest the Cristian view of the world which is divided into winners and losers. Your God is an appalling example of bigotry and hatred. You have so much to learn from the open and thinking world view of the liberals.

The Christian viewpoint isn't about winners and losers, it's about the saved a
nd the unsaved. Winners and losers suggest you have no choice in your life when life is nothing but choices. Nor is the bible in any way a study in bigotry and hatred. Its about a family who was faithful to God and they were rewarded as such.

I call BS on that. Its about winners and losers. There is no humility, grace and forgiveness in the church. It's an institution of fear, and loathing, desperate for power and justification. Same as everyone else. At least the liberals look at those who are different and try to avoid judgement.

Hey ArtCroft...you’re talking about God, no, about Christians, no about people, no, about God. Make up your mind. Regardless of your trolling, God is all powerful. Deal with it. Denial seems not to be working for you.

"At least liberals look at those who are different and try to avoid judgement." You say ironically, while judging Christians and Churches across the world.


To ArtCroft... I am sorry that is your experience and view of the church, Christians and God, but Christianity is ALL about grace and forgiveness. It does require repentance however. Don't try to replace God or make a false one... submit to the one true God and enjoy his love... it's your choice.

Praying that you meet a true Christian... Yes many that call themselves "Christians" are not.

Why wouldn't SEC 7(a)(1)(2) apply for the next president?
Seems to me that the new President could move the embassy and invoke the Presidential wavier in SEC 7(a)(1)(2) which is what both Clinton and Bush jr did.

SEC. 7. PRESIDENTIAL WAIVER. (a) <<NOTE: Reports.>> Waiver Authority.--(1) Beginning on October 1, 1998, the President may suspend the limitation set forth in section 3(b) for a period of six months if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States. (2) The President may suspend such limitation for an additional six month period at the end of any period during which the suspension is in effect under this subsection if the President determines and reports to Congress in advance of the additional suspension that the additional suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.

I'm not trolling. I'm giving genuine opinion. Christianity offers no answers to life. As others on this site admit few people (even Christians) read the Bible. Instead culture is what drives peoples thoughts, and christianity is just a facade laid over the top of culture. Thus Trump can do what he likes and evangelicals vote for him because they are more fearful than free. Skeptical Liberalism offers a more reliable paradigm than christianity through which to evaluate the world.