May 19, 2018
Jerusalem Is The Capital

This was an exciting week for the United States’ relationship with Israel. President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv. A mix of celebration and protests have occurred all week. However, we can rest assured that the U.S. is on the right side of history.

The nation of Israel was officially created in 1948, but the U.S. did not weigh in. Several years later, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1955. This act declared that Israel remains undivided, that Jerusalem should be the designated capital of Israel, and that the U.S. Embassy be moved there. In the 1960s, former President John F. Kennedy was advised not to take a position on Jerusalem, and the U.S. even took part in influencing other nations to keep their distance. Every single President since the act’s passage has delayed its entire implementation. President Trump accomplished this in one year by announcing his intentions in December.

Rumors have swirled around a possible push for a peace deal between Israel and Palestine. At this point, it seems unlikely. Hamas has coordinated the dangerous protests that have injured thousands and killed fifty. Any peace deal would likely be thwarted by them, as well as other nations who continue to fight against Israel.

This move, however, has caused a good ripple effect throughout the world. Shortly after the U.S. Embassy’s opening in Jerusalem, Guatemala moved their Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This follows historical significance since Guatemala was the second country after the U.S. to recognize Israel as a nation. Paraguay has already announced their intentions to follow suit.

Eagle Forum applauds President Trump’s actions in Jerusalem. This decision fulfills a promise that was made decades ago and significantly strengthens our relationship with Israel.