[Rushtalk] Making History In Jerusalem

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Sat May 26 10:33:11 MDT 2018


Making History In Jerusalem 

New US embassy opens, as assault on Israel's borders continues. 

May 14, 2018 Joseph Klein 
163 The United States is officially opening its Israeli embassy in
Jerusalem today, making May 14, 2018 an historic day for the Jewish
State of Israel. Other U.S. presidents have made campaign promises to
move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, only to abandon their
promises in deference to the foreign policy establishment and
"international" opinion. In moving forward to fulfill his promise to
move the embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump ignored the foreign
policy establishment and "international" opinion, much as President
Harry Truman did when he gave de facto recognition to the newly created
State of Israel only eleven minutes after Israel’s proclamation of its

President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law and key adviser Jared
Kushner are representing President Trump for the opening of the new
embassy. The Israelis are celebrating. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
declared at his weekly cabinet meeting, "President Trump promised to
recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and he did so. He promised
to move the American Embassy to Israel and he is doing so. Of course we
will all celebrate this day.” 

President Trump’s decision, denounced not only by the Palestinians
themselves, as expected, but by amoral government leaders and opinion
makers all around the world, should not be so controversial. Each nation
has the sovereign right to locate its own embassies wherever it chooses.
The U.S. embassy will be located in West Jerusalem, not in any area
claimed by the Palestinians to be part of their future "capital" in East
Jerusalem. Moreover, President Trump clearly stated that U.S.
recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not intended to
decide any final status issues regarding Jerusalem as a whole. Finally,
the United Nations resolutions that the critics of President Trump’s
decision rely upon to support their objections on “legal” grounds do
little to help their case. The General Assembly has no legal authority
under the UN Charter to require anything of the member states except
payment of their annual budget assessments. The Security Council has
huffed and puffed about so-called “illegal” Israeli settlements
including in East Jerusalem and called upon member states to withdraw
their embassies from Jerusalem, but did so solely in the form of
completely non-binding resolutions. 

President Trump did what he thought was the right thing to do, as
President Truman had done seventy years ago when he said, "I had faith
in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now."  President
Trump was willing, in President Truman’s words when dealing with his
critics regarding the Palestine situation, “to let them all go to hell."

Unfortunately, it looks like there will be some hell to pay from the
Palestinians before this week is over. On Sunday, which was being
observed ahead of the embassy opening as Jerusalem Day by Israelis, the
day was marred by clashes that broke out between Jews and Arabs on the
Temple Mount. In order to keep the peace, Israeli police officers
separated the two sides, and removed Jews from the Temple Mount who had
allegedly broken the rules of conduct that ban all non-Muslims from
praying or singing on the Temple Mount where Al-Aqsa Mosque is

Of course, it is not enough for the Palestinians that the Israeli
government forbids Jews to sing or pray at loud on what is the Jewish
peoples’ holiest site, out of undeserved deference to Muslims'
sensibilities because of their mosque’s location on the Temple Mount.
Palestinians want complete control of Old Jerusalem, including the
entire Temple Mount and the area in which the Western Wall is located.
Even that is not enough for many Palestinians. They are encouraged by
their irresponsible leaders, including Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas who has said that Israel is a “colonialist enterprise,” to
believe that the Jewish State of Israel is illegitimate. Millions of
Palestinian descendants born years after the creation of the State of
Israel in 1948 are brought up with the fantasy that they have a
so-called “right of return” to “homes” inside Israel, some of which were
abandoned by their parents, grandparents or great grandparents seventy
years ago.  

Israel is preparing for mass Palestinian protests early this week along
the Gaza border with Israel, bolstering its IDF forces and bringing in
special firefighting squads according to a Debkafile report. The air
space over and around Gaza has been reportedly closed by Israeli
authorities. More intense violence than in past weeks is expected as
Hamas leaders have called for waves of Palestinians to break through the
border fence separating Israel from Gaza, the culmination of seven weeks
of “Return Marches” demanding the so-called “right of return.” The
opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, together with the 70th
anniversary of what the Palestinians call the "nakba," or catastrophe
resulting from the creation of Israel as an independent state in what
Palestinians still fantasize as their land, are likely to send the
protesters into overdrive. "What's the problem with hundreds of
thousands breaking through a fence that is not a border?" Hamas’s Gaza
head Yahya Sinwar asked rhetorically.

The Palestinian propagandists and their supporters try to portray the
Gaza protests as the peaceful exercise of freedom of speech and assembly
by unarmed Palestinian civilians. In truth, Hamas leaders and other
Islamists are preaching violence and using civilians, including
children, as human shields to carry out their jihad against Israel. Late
last month, for example, a Gaza cleric Sheikh Musa Abu Jleidan preached
violence when he said that the "Great Return March" is a "form of Jihad"
that "does not eliminate the need for Jihad by the sword, by missiles,
and by rockets. They go hand in hand." He added that Jews “are the
philosophers of terrorism and crime, people of treachery and deceit, who
slayed the prophets of Allah. It is an honor for us, here on this
blessed land, to have been chosen by Allah to fight them and to strike
fear in them."

A young Palestinian girl protesting at one of the Return March rallies
absorbed the jihad message. She was heard exclaiming "Martyrs in the
millions are marching to Jerusalem. Palestine forever! Jerusalem belongs
to us, not to the filthy Israel." Other protesters cheered her on,
shouting “Allah Akbar.” 

Any Palestinians marching to Jerusalem to oust Jews are not martyrs.
They are usurpers. Historically, Jews have been living in Jerusalem
continuously for more than three millennia. Jerusalem has never been the
capital of any sovereign nation except of the Jewish people. In more
recent times, Jews have constituted the largest single group of
inhabitants in Jerusalem since at least the mid-1800s. Prior to the
Jordanians’ illegal occupation, Jerusalem was an undivided city.
Jerusalem is so again today, open to worshippers of all faiths. It is
the Palestinians who seek to replicate Jordan’s temporary illegal
occupation and division of Jerusalem and make it permanent, imposing an
ethnic and religious cleansing of any Jewish residents in the Old City.
President Trump’s bold decision, fulfilled this week, will go down in
history along with his predecessor President Truman’s early recognition
of the Jewish State of Israel.

About Joseph Klein 

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global
Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal
Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.

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