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Capitol reactions: Trump right about Jerusalem

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December 10. 2017 3:32AM

After signing, U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the proclamation that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, during an address from the White House in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)



Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

This is a fact. But for decades, the United States joined the rest of the world in ignoring reality in order to appease those who question Israel's right to both exist, and determine its own affairs.

Congress passed a law in 1995 recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv. But Presidents have continually exercised a clause delaying the move six months at a time.

Palestinians want to establish East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. They view America's recognition of reality as the loss of a bargaining chip. Muslim groups are using Trump's decision as a pretext for violent protests.

New Hampshire's congressional delegation is criticizing Trump, which makes as much sense as blaming the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on a YouTube video.

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter said the decision "could provoke increased violence and instability in the region." Rep. Anne Kuster is worried the decision will "lead to violence."

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the announcement "moves all parties further away from a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Sen. Maggie Hassan has "concerns that the Trump Administration's actions will further inflame the region."

The location of the U.S. embassy in Israel has no bearing on a two-state solution. We should not be blackmailed by threats of violence into accepting absurdity.

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is past time we acknowledged it as such. International outrage that we would dare speak this truth shows how little much of the Muslim world is interested in peace.


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