or decades now, US presidential candidates have included support for Israel’s claim to Jerusalem in their campaign platforms, but not one has actually entered the White House and followed through on that support by officially declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital and moving the US Embassy there.
Until Trump, that is.
From Conservative Tribune:
White House officials confirmed that Trump will sign the waiver that allows the president to defer the embassy move, but that he’ll offset that by publicly declaring a shift in US policy by officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The embassy, Trump’s people insisted, will still be relocated, but the actual move will take some years, so it makes sense to do things in this order.
Israeli officials called Trump’s move visionary, and insisted it would actually help propel peace forward by removing Arab speculation that Israel might still be forced to give up its red lines.
Arab officials called the move catastrophic, and accused Trump of being a “pyromaniac” who’s determined to see the Middle East burn.
Was this a good move on the part of President Trump? Could this help to alleviate some issues in foreign relations for the area?