Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel's Capital; Middle East Prepares For Violence

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As expected, President Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced plans to relocate the U.S. embassy there, a decision that is certain to inflame tensions in the region and throw a wrench in potential peace negotiations, paradoxically uniting the fractured middle east world against Israel and the U.S.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said shortly after 1pm in the White House.

Trump said the announcement “marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and Palestinians.”

As discussed earlier, Trump’s move reverses decades of American policy in the Middle East and alienates regional allies, even as the president has made brokering an elusive Middle East peace deal a key goal.

“This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and work towards a lasting agreement”, Mr Trump said in his remarks. He added that he was directing the US State Department to develop a plan to move its Israel embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump framed the decision as a way to put his own stamp on one of history’s oldest conflicts.

“The record is in: after more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” the president said. “It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result."

The move showed Trump’s inclination to prioritize domestic politics over the desires of U.S. allies in the Middle East and Europe who warned the announcement could spark violence in a region that is already a powder keg.

"While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver," the president said. "Today, I am delivering."

It will hardly play out that way.

As Bloomberg notes, leaders across the Middle East, including from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League have also spoken out against the plan, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Trump’s plan a sign of U.S. “failure and impotence.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, warned him the announcement would have “dangerous” repercussions for regional stability. Separately, the Palestinian delegate to the United Kingdom said on Wednesday that President Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel signals "a declaration of war" in the region. “He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel,” Manuel Hassassian told BBC 4 Radio's "Today."

The Turkish government’s spokesman on Wednesday said that the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into “a fire with no end in sight”.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the “whole world is against” Trump’s move. He says that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be a “grave mistake” and would “not bring any stability, peace but rather chaos and instability.”

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also blasted Washington's decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem as a display of incompetence. "That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure," Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

The Syrian government also weighed in on the planned move. "[The move] is the culmination of the crime of usurping Palestine and displacing the Palestinian people," a Foreign Ministry official told state news agency SANA.

Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem were spotted burning photographs of Donald Trump and holding signs reading “Move the embassy to your country, not ours,” and “Jerusalem, Palestine's heart, is not up to negotiations.”

The declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital carries deep symbolic significance and could have dangerous consequences. The competing claims to east Jerusalem, the section of the city captured by Israel in 1967, have frequently boiled over into deadly violence over the years. East Jerusalem is home to the city’s most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, as well as its 330,000 Palestinian residents.

The United States has never endorsed the Jewish state’s claim of sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and has insisted its status be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation.

The mere consideration of Trump changing the status quo sparked a renewed U.S. security warning on Tuesday. America’s consulate in Jerusalem ordered U.S. personnel and their families to avoid visiting Jerusalem’s Old City or the West Bank, and urged American citizens in general to avoid places with increased police or military presence.

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onwisconsinbadger's picture

In other news China has recognzied Texas as a part of Mexico and going to build an embassy in Laredo ASAP. Believe me.

Jdhank's picture

Finally a president with Balls who doesn't give two craps what the PA (PLO) thinks or does.They're just a bunch of satan/moon-god worshipping cavemen.

Let the Palestinians go back to Jordan, their real ancestral home.


God Bless Israel and the USA!

NeoClassicist's picture

Yeah! The God the Jews killed for 40 pieces of silver.


Dumb ass. They would kill him again if he came back.


All they worship is monry and power. 

Wake up. 

I am Groot's picture

You're about as sharp as a paper bag full of wet mice. The Romans killed Jesus dumbass, not the Jews.

NumbersUsa's picture

The jews were solely responsible for the Death of Jesus Christ, to pervert that fact is fantasy.

Is-Be's picture

The Romans were sympathetic towards Christ.

He survived. He died later and was buried in Afghanistan.

One uses Aloe Vera to treat the living, not to annoint the dead.

(I'm not saying it was pleasant on a cross of death)

headless blogger's picture

There is also those who theorize that he did not die because a death on the cross would have been much slower. It is known to be one of the most cruel forms of execution. 

I am Groot's picture

You're starting to sound like Brian Williams. Explain your statement.

political junkie's picture

There has not been any evidence for the Kingdom of David over 100 years of sifting the dirt of Palestine.

It is time to conclude that the Kingdoms of David and Solomon were fiction.

Predicating policy on what can charitably be only considered a historical romance is not practical.

Arguing on basis of the Kingdom of Herod would be more sensible but then it would empty the claim to Palestine of all its purported existential religious import and shrink the size of disputed territories.

headless blogger's picture

Read the "Bible Unearthed" by Israel Finklestein (an Israeli Jewish Archeologist). Like another commenter states, there isn't any huge historical evidence of many of the stories the Hebrews left. 

But more importantly, most Jews in Israel have no matching DNA to ancient hebrews. Schlomo Sand, Israeli Historian, has blown apart more myths.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Jerusalem has a long and varied history. It will survive this.

Is-Be's picture

It didn't survive.

There are no more Cohen.

radbug's picture

I cannot think of anything more likely to persuade the Saudis to accept yuan & euros for oil than this, or perhaps this decision is payback for a Petrodollar decision that the Saudis have already made?

political junkie's picture

Since our Congressmen are owned by the Lobby (when they aren’t abusing their interns at the taxpayers’ expense), the only way to make a difference is to support the Global Boycott — BDS Movement. Not only does it hurt Israel economically, but it has a far greater effect when it isolates Zionists and their supporters and makes them pariahs.
To enumerate the best response to the endless lies of Israel, let me provide a list:
1. BDS - you can find stickers for BDS online. Put them wherever public announcements are posted, wherever grafitti is found, wherever the Lobby can’t complain. Also, send a check to the BDS organization — you can find it online.
2. Support blogs such as “If Americans Knew,” Council for the National Interest, Palestine Legal, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation. Forget giving to your colleges and universities, they are owned by the Lobby.
3. In the presence of your Jewish friends, refer to Palestine as “Occupied Palestine” never Israel. First of all, it is the correct nomenclature. Second, it will send a message that what they are doing is unacceptable and they will never be successful in controlling the narrative despite all the hasbara from the NYTimes, WAPO, and Harveywood. 
4. Read “Holocaust HighPriest” and “Breaking the Spell” by Nicholas Kollerstrom. If you read these books you will never, and I mean NEVER, believe in the nonsense called the Holocaust. Without the Holocaust, the pack of lies that is call Israel disappears.
5. On a more optimistic note, the dirty secret about Israel is that there is a significant out-migration from the Promised Land to, of all places, Germany and elsewhere. When you see a photo of Jewish settlements, do you see any people? Right, its all vacant houses in the middle of nowhere. Israel has been trying to convince Jews to make Aliyah and it ain’t working. Who would want to live in a hellhole surrounded by lunatics with fetlocks and shawls carring AK-47s shooting up the place. The Jews have managed to create Hell-On-Earth. We should let them have it except that the Palestinians are getting caught in the crossfire, US has to pay for it, and it has led to endless destabilization of decent neighbors (I’m not talking about Saudi Arabia) who just want 
to live their lives.

Is-Be's picture

None but the obsequious Muslims and Christians believe in the value of Monotheism.

Wash the sleep from your eyes. Look at what it hath wrought.

Is a tree not known by it's fruit?

Stand, Stand before your ancestors. They would not see you grovel before a foreign idol.

headless blogger's picture

He says its in the "best interest of the United States of America". Judging by how the USA has declined the last 40 years, in which Israel has benn a major part of U.S. foreign and domestic policy, I would say POTUS has just made the biggest mistake of his Presidency. 

Israel and "dual citizens" in USA, played major role in 9/11 and also attacked the USA in 1967 - USS Liberty. THEY ARE NOT A FRIEND. But a parasitic Zionistic Supremacist organization that is the major reason (but not all) for the decline in the USA.

John Prewett's picture

Trump's move hastens the coming of Ezekiel 38-39


We are rapidly approaching coming to pass of The Great Jihadist-trap.

And Bear-trap.   Nearly all will see [TV + internet] this event come to pass.

Ezekiel 38-39, Zechariah 12-14, Joel 3, Psalms 83, Isaiah 17

describe a great Jihadist [Islamic terrorist] trap.   

 How so ?

Zechariah 12-14 reveals at first it will appear Israel is defeated.

At that time all previously hesitant Jihadist

will flood into Israel intending rape and pillage.

Shortly after that ALL the invaders will be annihilated by Jesus/angels.

Thus the “waterloo” of the Islamic Satanic delusion.

Since lead invading nation is from “remote north” (Ezekiel 38:6, 39:2)

of Israel, this nation must be Russia.   Thus the invasion will also result

 in the “waterloo” of Russian dream of world ruler-ship.


“ I am going to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling before all the surrounding nations.

And when there is a siege against Judah, it is also against Jerusalem. 

And it will be on that day that I will set Jerusalem as a weighty stone to all the peoples.

All who carry it will surely cut themselves, and all the nations

of the land will be gathered against it.”  Zechariah 12:2-3