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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Hongcha's picture

Why are we sticking our hand into this hornet's nest?  Can we just back off.

HRClinton's picture

We're gonna need a bigger dog to wag, to distract from this.

Queue NK and Iran.

techpriest's picture

Part of it is, Congress already passed this resolution in the 90s, but it was done in such a way that each President has had to either sign and authorize, or waive and let the next guy deal with it. From Clinton to Obama they all waived, and Trump decided not to.

In this case, I think Hillary would have waived because she gets too many Saudi bribes, but either way the original law was stupid.

PS: The most recent Jason Stapleton episodes are great on this topic. He goes through the history of the law involved and why Congress structured it so they could talk out of both sides of their mouth.

Edit: After re-reading the article, Trump is going to make the declaration but delay signing the waiver/authorization for 6 months. It looks like he also is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

shankster's picture

And just in time for the Christmas shopping season...brought to you by your friends at deep-state.

me or you's picture

Is he going to come out of the closet as Bibi's bitch? 

alia's picture

The insult is to have chrismass tree behind him

totenkopf88's picture

all you hear is Trump's voice as you rub one out

Bill of Rights's picture

No thats your mother I hear...

canadian shenanigans's picture

So the prophecy was true.... DJT will be remembered for this ...

FreeShitter's picture

Fo what? He's just another jew puppet like they all have been sinec Nov. 22 1963

Brazen Heist's picture


- Consistently pro-Zionist foreign policy

- Big list of dual Israeli shitizens working in Congress and other sections of gov

- Ownership of US MSM by pro-Zionist Jews

- Over 80% of Neocons just happen to be Zionists.

Do you need any more?

FreeShitter's picture

Sheeps cannot be taught, that is why they remain in the heard.

youarelost's picture

You are as much a racist as BLM

FreeShitter's picture

Im a realist, not a racist.

cstu7011's picture


mb's picture

Israels capital is where Israel says it is.

Only a fool cares where another country wants to put their embassy


The truth of history for the ignorant....Egyptians attacked Israel in 1967, Jordan , the israelis neighbor they had good relations with joined in.

Israel told Jordan to back off and all would be OK, Jordan persisted in the attack and said "The die is cast".

Israel kicked both their arses, in doing so conquered east Jerusaleum and the west bank, which belonged to Jordan. They never had any desire for these lands before. 

The Jordanians retreated and abandoned Jerusaleum and the west bank. Abandoned.  Israel walked in and took them over. 

Then they want them back.  Ha ha ha ha 

They all got what they deserved. Period. Lost fair and square in war by attacking a neighbor country.

Israel will retain them forever as buffer zone.  Period.


Any never-ending  talk to otherwise is just to pacify some groups with some hope that if they behave, maybe someday....

nicxios's picture

Israels capital is where Israel says it is.

Only a fool cares where another country wants to put their embassy


They all got what they deserved. Period. Lost fair and square in war by attacking a neighbor country.


All these idiots in here buying the hype. Fuck the arabs and palestinians. They're entire plan is to string this "peace process" along so that one day they might have the advantage and attack again. The MIC loves that plan, too.

Now the message is clear: One state solution, period. Don't want it? Get fucked. (And the irony is a one state solution is the best for Palestinians as they'll be citizens in the only democracy in the Middle East.)

Yeah it may have sucked what happened in the past for Palestinians. Yes it may be a unjust what happened. But it's done, period. It's over. Move on and build. Don't be like niggers who 2 centuries later are still bitching about slavery as an excuse for their severe shortcomings.


willy up the creek's picture

Well said.  The hell with the ragheads.  They are neverendingly evil.  Israel is an inspiration to all rational, well-meaning people.  Unfortunately, many commenters on ZH don't make that cut.  

farflungstar's picture

"Israel is an inspiration to all rational, well-meaning people"

Like the Christian Zionists and the blackmailed political class who can't stop kissing their ass.

Anteater's picture


The British Mandate carving Palestine in half for an

imaginary Zion for The Jew goat herder former slaves

who were itinerant escaped from Egypt, declared that

Jerusalem would remain a free, unaligned City-State.

The Jews immediately took control of Jerusalem, and

began to illegally carve up Palestine long before the

1967 Yom Kippur pre-emptive attacks by Israel on the

Arab neighbors and USS Liberty.

Since The Jew occupation, they have stolen 85% of

the Palestine territories, and control the once free

City-State of Jerusalem. Palestinian Cristians have

been ethnicized by The Jews, 30% after WW2, 1% today.

And they're not even ethnic Jews! They're mongrel East

European converts, former-Soviet Khazar Sons of Ishmael.

Their only claim to Israel is money, extortion and fraud, just

like the Winter White House Bolshevik Trump-Kushner cabal.

Burn Tel Aviv to bone ash, or it will surely burn you to bone ash.



CompassionateConservative's picture

While he is still a nazi, I must say, that like during the Syrian missile strike, the president is acting presidential.  Doing whatever Israel asks is what being presidential is all about!

shankster's picture

The Deep-State is bound and determined to have war on at least 2 fronts by early 2018...Happy New Year serfs!

thebigunit's picture

A bit puzzling to me why Trump did this.  He could have delayed this forever and no one would really give a shit.

Almost no one really cares about Israel's capital, and the net result of this decision is probably negative in terms of votes for Trump.

MK13's picture

It's a squirrel for the masses who otherwise would be involved in tax reform. Doesn't DJ leave himself room to 'delay' this 6 'months from now?

If it has no obvious purpose, then there is a purpose - plebes just can't see it.

thebigunit's picture

AHA!  Now I see!

If it has no obvious purpose, then there is a purpose - plebes just can't see it.

Actually, I still don't see it.

nicxios's picture

Fulfilling a campaign promise. How quaint.

mailll's picture

It almost seems like this is part of the plan that Albert Pike layed out for a third world war:  The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the 'agents' of the 'Illuminati' between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion...


Don't know if it's true or not, we'll have to wait and see.  One thing is for sure, it does bring about further animosity between the State of Israel and the Arab world.

Anteater's picture

The US-IL lending banks are upside down on fracking loans.

They need WTI above $75 to make Keystone Pipeline a profit-

play and save all those fracking loans. Higher WTI prices will

engorge King Salman with $1B a day in unearned profits, and

enabling him to buy Trump's $112B in US arms, to use in the

extermination of Yemen, after a British geophysical firm found

massive oil and gas reserves in Yemen that can be extracted

at massive profits to US lending banks. Kind of a circle jerk.

Drive less. Car pool. Starve the Oil Beast, or it will starve you!


Cloud9.5's picture

Trump gave this to the Jews, now the Jews are going to have to back off Trump.   If they continue to attack him after giving this to Israel, guys like Bloomberg are going to go home to get bitch slapped by their grandmothers.



. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

I think you are closest to the truth.
Must have been a very big deal.

fajensen's picture

Well, One *knows* already - because their representatives said it often enough with words and terrorist attacks - that especially Sunni Islam has a problem with the very eksistence of western civilisation.  

So, why wait until the opposition is fully ready to execute?

Why pretend to be all friends & inclusiveness while waiting for an islamist parliament in France/UK to finally have the keys to proper nukes and some 1'st world military production facilities?

Is there not less risk in bringing the nutbags plans a few decades forward, while they are not really ready for anything except maybe some stabbings, rape and general sadism on defenceless victims before meeting the raisins??

having said that, Probably all that happens is a lot of screeching, most of it in the media here!

Our brave ISJW's seems to be way more offendend on the behalf of people who perhaps should be offended and stuff, except they have things to do and lives to live and they don't really give a shit, like ... I dunno .... normal people!



passerby's picture

Bad is the new good.

Vinividivinci's picture

trump was (s)elected to bear the brunt of the worlds' woes...
i'd say he's pretty fucking courageous to wanna take this on himself.
fuck the peanut gallery...onward to armaggedon, bitchez.

johnnycanuck's picture

The world didn't choose your idiot, you bear all the blame for that.

Vinividivinci's picture

who said anything about "the world", putz?
subtext is clear...he was chosen for the times.
deal with it.

shankster's picture

“Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”  President James Garfield


pliny the longer's picture

stir up the most volatile part of the world with apocalyptic overtones of at least 2 major religions?  crap, this will crater metals prices, what with all the reduced worldwide risk and all 

Jason T's picture

Love the decorations.

Robert Trip's picture

Anyone know?

Are those Christmas trees or Holiday Trees?

fajensen's picture

Kwansaa-trees. of course.

shankster's picture

NK a hornets nest so deep-state stirs it up...ME a hornets nest so deep-state stirs it up. US taxpayer gets stuck with the bill.

bottom_line's picture

Nothing will happen. SSDD

Vinividivinci's picture

wrong. never let a crisis go to waste.

Yellow_Snow's picture

Go lick some boots Trump  !!!

shankster's picture

Pence looks like he's standing 20 feet behind Trump...

Tiwin's picture

So much Jewish sperm in his belly his eyes are white.

Robert Trip's picture

Don is bending over behind the curtain.

Just like every President has since 1947.