Recognizing Jerusalem: Trump Keeps His Promise
Hats off to President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (“Promised Land,” Dec. 7).
After years of the Obama administration consistently throwing Israel under the bus, Trump has repaired the relationship and shown the Middle East players that America has Israel’s back.
The embassy move has been on the table for over 20 years. Kudos to the president for making it official.
And shame on Democratic hypocrites like Sens. Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin, who profess to support Israel but are up in arms about the president’s decision. Peter Kelly Hazlet, NJ
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital is nothing short of historic.
What a refreshing change from President Barack Obama, who stabbed Israel in the back by allowing the United Nations to pass a resolution declaring Jerusalem to be Palestinian territory. Gerald Jacobs Manhattan
At last, America has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Why did it take so long? Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since 1949. It is the home of Israel’s parliament and Supreme Court, and it has been the spiritual capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.
To refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is to deny reality. Stephen Silver San Francisco
In one move, Trump fulfilled a congressional promise that was made decades ago but never implemented, as well as a campaign promise he made last year.
The media and political pundits are busy howling about the recognition, though they are guilty of fanning the flames of discontent and hate in their own way.
So what if the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital? Is that going to change anything? No. Robert Lobenstein Brooklyn
I applaud Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the US Embassy there.
I see this as a bold decision, one that I hope will not create more turmoil in the region.
As some biblical scholars point out, King David built Jerusalem as the center of Israel 3,000 years ago. The Jews lost their homeland but have returned to reclaim what God gave them so long ago.
I hope and pray that this will eventually bring peace, as Trump has said he hopes for. Frederick Bedell Glen Oaks Village
Even before Trump announced his decision to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, politicians and commentators started to panic.
They said it would be Trump’s fault if the Middle East peace process failed. The sad reality is that the peace process has been dead for years, after the Palestinians walked away from a very generous deal offered by the Israeli government.
In the aftermath of Trump’s decision, the Palestinians are again calling for violence.
The fault for the collapse of the peace process rests on the Palestinian side, not with Trump’s decision to relocate the embassy. Harold Ohayon Osaka, Japan
Democrats booed Israel at their 2012 convention. At the 2016 convention, attendees prominently waved a Palestinian flag in the middle of the floor.
The fact that Democrats now condemn Trump’s bold move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is shameful, but expected. Bob Johnson Manhattan
In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, meant to initiate the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, even 22 years later, affirms Israel’s sovereignty. Israel will now be in a better place to negotiate on its own behalf.
Thank you, President Trump. Puncturing the Arab pipe dream of Israel’s destruction provides a path toward peace. Alan Winters Bellaire, Texas