Donald Trump's Courage: Jerusalem Edition - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Donald Trump’s Courage: Jerusalem Edition

The United States recognizes, officially, that Jerusalem is, what it has been, and that’s Israel’s capital. Finally.

Evil thrives in confusion and America’s stance regarding the capital of Israel was confusing. That confusion gave quislings political cover and a way to yank Israel, and her neighbors, around.  Stating forthrightly that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel means that everyone has to acknowledge the truth and live with it.

Philip Klein notes that there’s an upside to smashing norms:

From the establishment of the Jewish state, the operative Palestinian Arab position has consistently been to reject the idea of a Jewish presence in the region. Palestinians have rejected every opportunity to have a state of their own because they have clung to the hope that they would eventually be able to outlast Israel — as long as they held out long enough. And former President Barack Obama, who came to office with the intention of creating “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel and left office tacitly backing the U.N. effort to condemn Jews building homes in Jerusalem, gave Palestinians every reason to reject the peace process and up their demands.

Trump has put them on notice that the U.S. acknowledges that there is nothing temporary or ad hoc about Israel — that it is there to stay and it’s capital is Jerusalem. If there is to be peace, it’s up to Palestinians to negotiate from a starting position that accepts this reality.

The crazy thing about this: Trump stating the obvious about Jerusalem should have been the norm. It is the normal perspective. It is the right approach. It is the truth. Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital. It is Israel’s capital. It always will be Israel’s capital.

For all the caterwauling about Donald Trump’s morality or lack thereof, he’s taken a solid moral stand on many issues: abortion, Israel, Iran and the rest of the terrorist organizations, North Korea, the Constitution, executive power and authority, and immigration. His stances have upheld the law and constitution.

Perhaps that’s why so many Democrats, and even long-time D.C. Republicans hate him so much. He is making Congress own their choices (see Obamacare.) He’s not putting up with the regulatory state harassing Americans.

In short, President Trump is restoring boundaries and order.

The Washington Post’s motto is “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Indeed. The bureaucracy has been operating with impunity in the dark. Israel and their angry neighbors (and idiotic Europe, for that matter) has been operating in the dark. They didn’t know where America stands.

America under Donald Trump’s leadership is casting some light. Today, it’s shining on Jerusalem, Israel, and that’s a wonderful thing.

Melissa Mackenzie
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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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