On Wednesday, December 6th, President Trump announced the United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that plans are in the works to move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It’s difficult for me to write an unbiased opinion about this topic, but I chose to write about it because I have such a heart for Israel. Hearing news of this change was shocking. This is something many Zionists have been patiently awaiting for for months.
Jerusalem has been long coveted by Middle Eastern countries. In 1949, the Armistice Border saw Israel in control of the Western half of Jerusalem, and Jordon in control of the Eastern half, which included the Old City.
After the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel gained full authority over the city- but Palestinians still claim East Jerusalem as their own. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always baffled me. Even if you aren’t a Jew or Christian and don’t believe in the Bible as your religious text- reading it as a historical document shows countless times how old Israel is. People say Israel is a young country, and while that is technically true, Israel is more than 3,000 years old.
Here’s the funny thing, though. Israel has proposed to Palestine on four separate occasions that they share Jerusalem and try to live in peace. All four times, Palestine has denied Israel’s offer because they want all of the land for themselves.
Over the last few decades, Israel has become the safest and most tolerant country in the Middle East. It is the only country in that region where Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze can peacefully live together.
Palestine’s reaction to the news of Jerusalem being considered only Israel’s capital? Oh, they ripped American flags and burned them to the ground. Of course not all Palestinians are like this; their attitudes towards Israel and the Jewish people are strongly rooted in the ideology forced by their self-appointed leaders. But nonetheless, their actions speak volumes and prove to the world they aren’t willing to negotiate for peace. Our past Presidents have put off moving our embassy for fear of violence and retaliation- well that’s already been happening for years.