Trump Announces Jerusalem is the Capital
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday December 6, 2017
I've Been Thinking:
President Trump is threading the needle by announcing that the United States sees Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
It is actually not a real change at all. A US law, stating that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, has been around since 1995. It is called the Jerusalem Embassy Act of October 1995 and it passed by a vote of 93-5 in the Senate and 374 - 37 in Congress.
Fear of insulting the Arab and Muslim world has motivated US policy on Jerusalem for decades. It appears that President Trump is the first president in decades not to be afraid of ruffling these feathers.
President Trump is taking a calculated risk. There will be some flairs of displeasure but they will only be blips on the radar.
Trump is merely testing the waters by making the announcement. He is not moving the embassy. He is actually signing the waiver that has been signed every six months by every president before him since Bill Clinton.
If things go well, however, the embassy may indeed be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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