Opinion It’s Ridiculous That The United States Took So Long To Move Its Israel Embassy To Jerusalem

20:00  14 may  2018
20:00  14 may  2018 Source:   dailycaller.com

United States opens its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem

  United States opens its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem <p>The United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday, fulfilling a pledge by President Donald Trump who has recognized the holy city as the Israeli capital.</p>"Today we open the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel," U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman said at the beginning of the inaugural ceremony, attended by a U.S. delegation from Washington and Israeli leaders.

It also recognized that, since 1950, Jerusalem has been Israel ’s capital city, and observed that Israel ’s president, its parliament, its supreme court and various government ministries were all located there. It ’ s fairly amazing that it took so long for this day to arrive.

Hours after US president Donald Trump declared yesterday that the US would move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem , US allies from The powerful pro- Israel lobby has spent tens of millions of dollars in the United States in recent years, hoping to influence Congress and the executive branch.

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On Monday, May 14, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaring independence, the United States is moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the nation’s capital, Jerusalem.

It is about time!

I have been working for this moment for decades through the more than two dozen pro-Israel, pro-America and pro-Western civilization organizations in which I am active. We have lobbied. We have debated. We have requested. And we were always put off — until President Donald Trump decided to do the right thing and move the embassy. This move has been a long time coming.

Israel prepares for opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

  Israel prepares for opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem Israel is preparing a series of festivities to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a move that has ignited Palestinian protests.A reception on Sunday will include members of a delegation led by President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.Dozens of foreign diplomats are expected, though many ambassadors of European nations who oppose the move will skip it.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

The U . S . is officially moving its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem next week, a move which has been condemned by several U . S . allies since it was announced this past December.

Guatemala is following the United States ’ lead by moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem . This comes after the Trump administration has received sharp criticism and denunciation votes from the United Nations for moving the U . S . embassy to Jerusalem .

Back in 1995, the Jerusalem Embassy Act passed; this act’s main function was to ensure that the U.S. embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem. And yet, more than 20 years later, we are only now seeing this act come to fruition. Each president until Donald Trump halted the administration of the act; Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama signed waivers every six months to push off the move. But President Trump put his foot down and said that enough was enough.

As a proud Jew, a proud Zionist and a proud American, I could not be more grateful to our president. I cannot wait to see this move and to be there in Israel to celebrate it.

I consider Israel and the United States to be my two homes. Though I live in the United States, I travel to Israel every two months and I am chairman of the American Friends of Likud, and am on the boards of the Citizens for National Security, Americans for a Safe Israel, Bible Lands Museum and the Institute for the Global Study of Antisemitism and Policy.

Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, second country to follow U.S. lead

  Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, second country to follow U.S. lead Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony. The United States relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago, drawing Palestinian anger. It was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday.

If and when this happens, certain funding restrictions that are designed to force the United States to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will snap back into effect.

So why has it taken so long to act on this agreement? "though both the Clinton Administration and Israeli government 'support the move to Jerusalem in principle, they would prefer to see the peace process more stabilized before confronting the explosive issue of Jerusalem '."

As a Jew, I know that anti-Semitism is real and that kowtowing to anti-Semitic pressure — as past presidents have done in not moving the embassy — only emboldens bigots. It validates them and spurs them to more egregious actions.

But my gratitude to the president is even more about my identity as an American. The United States of America stands for something big! We Americans stand for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our deepest held laws and values treasure freedom of thought and action. By moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump is reaffirming our nation’s commitment to these ideals. As the founder of SaveTheWest.com, I see daily the fight our nation is in to preserve the West’s ideals of freedom; moving the embassy is a step in the right direction to protect liberty, democracy and Western values.

Every other country gets to decide what city is its capital; why should Israel be any different? Jerusalem has been Israel’s decided capital since 1948, and yet country after country had chosen to ignore this. When Israel’s government operates out of Jerusalem, why would embassies choose to be in another city? It doesn’t make sense. Imagine if the U.S. embassy in England — along with the embassies of several other large countries — suddenly said it no longer recognized London as the capital and was moving to Manchester. Imagine the outcry. It would be ridiculous.

Israeli soccer club says it wants to add Trump to its name

  Israeli soccer club says it wants to add Trump to its name Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem says it wants to add "Trump" to the team's name. The club's social media accounts say the team "from now on will be called 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem.'" The proposal by the club's leadership was announced one day ahead of a new U.S. Embassy being inaugurated in Jerusalem. U.S. President Donald Trump made a campaign promise to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv. Palestinians also claim east Jerusalem as their future capital city.The soccer club says "President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital.

President Trump’ s decision to have the United States recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was not taken in a vacuum. It was another step in changing the moribund Palestinian- Israel “peace process” into something else.

Will Hillary Clinton move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as she has promised to? How can President Trump waive a law that calls for US to move its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem ? What are the consequences of moving United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem ?

Thankfully, President Trump is able to see this injustice being done to Israel and is honoring the Holy Land’s sovereignty and self-determination by moving the U.S. embassy.

Also, this move only serves to strengthen ties between the United States and Israel, our closest ally after Great Britain. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and has proved a true ally to us. Israel is the beacon of hope in the Middle East that the United States can count on.

As other nations in the Middle East begin to gain nuclear weapons and foment their hatred of the West, particularly Jews and Christians, it is more important than ever to maintain a strong bond with Israel. At the London Center for Policy Research, a political think tank of which I am also on the board, we have delved deeply into these issues and know that protecting Israel is vital to the United States’ continued success and survival.

Additionally, this move proves yet again that the United States is a bellwether to other nations. After President Trump announced that the embassy would move to Israel’s capital, many other nations began to discuss moving their embassies as well. Paraguay and Guatemala have announced their decisions to move their embassies. Hopefully more nations will follow.

I cannot wait to celebrate this victory —for Israel, for Western values, for democracy and for the United States. I pray that the leaders of other nations will follow in President Trump’s footsteps and realize that to deny a fellow country the right to name its capital is a disrespect and an affront of the highest order. In fact, it is pure anti-Semitism!

Kenneth Abramowitz is the chairman of the American Friends of Likud and is the founder of SaveTheWest.com

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

US blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN: diplomats .
The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, which erupted as the new US embassy in Jerusalem was opened, diplomats said. "The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest," read a draft of the statement, a copy of which was seen by AFP."The Security Council calls for an independent and transparent investigation into these actions to ensure accountability," read the text.

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