Rec­og­niz­ing Jerusalem: Trump Keeps His Promise

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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

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