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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/07/2017 09:32 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/07/2017 09:32 AM
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President Trump on Jerusalem

Washington, DC...Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches. My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city -- and so importantly -- is Israel’s capital. This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.

Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage, but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, 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. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.

Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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

I've judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.

Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.

It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel. Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem -- the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times. Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residence of the Prime Minister and the President. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.

For decades, visiting American presidents, secretaries of state, and military leaders have met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, as I did on my trip to Israel earlier this year.

Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world. Over the past seven decades, the Israeli people have built a country where Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and according to their beliefs.

Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

However, through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have declined to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact, we have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital at all.

But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done.

That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will immediately begin the process of hiring architects, engineers, and planners, so that a new embassy, when completed, will be a magnificent tribute to peace.

In making these announcements, I also want to make one point very clear: This decision is not intended, in any way, to reflect a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement. We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians. We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.

The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides. I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement. Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides.

In the meantime, I call on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites, including the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif.

Above all, our greatest hope is for peace, the universal yearning in every human soul. With today’s action, I reaffirm my administration’s longstanding commitment to a future of peace and security for the region.

There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and a place far greater in understanding and cooperation.

This sacred city should call forth the best in humanity, lifting our sights to what it is possible; not pulling us back and down to the old fights that have become so totally predictable. Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach.

So today, we call for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. Our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts.

I repeat the message I delivered at the historic and extraordinary summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: The Middle East is a region rich with culture, spirit, and history. Its people are brilliant, proud, and diverse, vibrant and strong. But the incredible future awaiting this region is held at bay by bloodshed, ignorance, and terror.

Vice President Pence will travel to the region in the coming days to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations.

It is time for the many who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midst. It is time for all civilized nations, and people, to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate –- not violence.

And it is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.

So today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect. Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities. And finally, I ask the leaders of the region -- political and religious; Israeli and Palestinian; Jewish and Christian and Muslim -- to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.

Thank you. God bless you. God bless Israel. God bless the Palestinians. And God bless the United States. Thank you very much. Thank you.

(The proclamation is signed.)

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Posted on: 2017-12-07 09:35:24   By: Anonymous
Thank You President Trump , doing what you said you would , not like that liar before you .7 more years of Making America Great Again !!!!

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    Posted on: 2017-12-08 02:15:39   By: Anonymous
    Thank you for instigating imbalance and political instability, both in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula. Thank you for the U.S. not having an diplomats in place for both the Middle East, Afghanistan, South Korea and more. Your ignorance as to effective foreign policy threatens not only the U.S. citizens and also the world at large.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-07 10:12:53   By: Anonymous
Absolutely no one supports this move, including his own cabinet with the exception of Pence and his Secretary of State. Payback for his NY friends of a certain faith or simply another distraction and egotistical moment. Sadly, there will be blood shed over this and it will be on Trump's hands.

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    Posted on: 2017-12-07 10:44:54   By: Anonymous
    News reports say it was done to reward Shel Adelson, owner of Las Vegas casinos and a pro-Israel super-hawk. That sounds correct to me.

    This decision, of course, violates the whole notion of making good deals. Recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel was something Israel really, really wanted. There are things we really, really want from Israel (e.g., peace with Palestine). These are things that a smart president would use in making a good deal. Instead Trump just gave Israel what it wanted and got nothing for the US. It was pure Trump the Chump (as someone else pointed out in today's paper).

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    Posted on: 2017-12-07 10:46:22   By: Anonymous
    Au contrare, everyone with an IQ above room temperature recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    Some just lack the cajones to admit it.

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      Posted on: 2017-12-07 10:53:56   By: Anonymous
      That's Trump: cojones but no brain.

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Loves Turmoil
Posted on: 2017-12-07 11:48:35   By: Anonymous
Anything to start or keep chaos and turmoil whipped up - loves it and exhibits it nearly every day.

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    Re: Loves Turmoil
    Posted on: 2017-12-07 11:58:56   By: Anonymous
    I think he was having a stroke

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      Re: Loves Turmoil
      Posted on: 2017-12-07 16:30:02   By: Anonymous
      Keep up the good work President Trump .

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      Re: Loves Turmoil
      Posted on: 2017-12-08 08:28:14   By: Anonymous
      Yes. Or maybe an Alzheimer moment. There have been quite a few according to White House insiders.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-07 16:48:20   By: Anonymous
Most of the politicians who are complaining about this act, voted for it. Now that someone has stepped up to the plate to do the job they conveniently forgot. You won't hear this from the CN-Ninnys

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    Israel's Plan- Genocide
    Posted on: 2017-12-07 17:24:15   By: Anonymous
    Israel's long term plan is to have it all, all of at one time Palestine.
    The Jews and Palestinians before the Invention of Israel by the UN was a peaceful land, both coexisted in peace. With the partition after WW2 , Israel had enough land, but with the influx and invitation to Jews around the world, Israel became crowded. It then started expansion thru war 1967, and annexing Palestinian lands.
    Now with illegal settlements, the West Bank will soon be lost to Israel, all illegal.
    With only the Gaza strip left, Israel is starving the people, and stealing all their water. It is described as the largest concentration camp in the world.
    As the world watches, Israel is killing thousands a year by denying food,water, drugs, medical supplies, electricity. When it attacks the Gaza Strip because of a few paltry home made rockets killing a few Jews, it attacks with Apache helicopter gun ships , heavy bombs, gas, reducing neighborhoods to rubble. An over reaction, but part of the plan to push all Palestinians off their century old homeland.

    The US sends tens of $Billions to Israel yearly , some of this is used to continue the concentration camp conditions, and attacks , which is contrary to the US agreement for their aid.

    In the end, Israel will kill many more millions of Palestinians than the Jews ever suffered throughout all time.

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      Re: Israel's Plan- Genocide
      Posted on: 2017-12-07 18:09:23   By: Anonymous
      Works for me

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        Re: Israel's Plan- Genocide
        Posted on: 2017-12-07 20:36:56   By: Anonymous
        Who cares? Just a bunch of camel humping ragheads. When was the last time they had peace anyways? Forkevery last one of them sand sucking camel forkers.

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      Re: Israel's Plan- Genocide
      Posted on: 2017-12-08 08:26:51   By: Anonymous
      Not only did Trump get nothing in return for this gift to Israel, he foreclosed the only possible long-term settlement of the dispute, which is the "two state solution" in which Jerusalem is shared between independent Palestinian and Israeli nations.

      That is the only solution because if you make one country out of Palestine and Israel, then within a couple of decades it is no longer a Jewish state; the Palestinian population will exceed the Jewish population. You'd have to deny the vote to non-Jews, and the Palestinians and international community would not allow that.

      So this is not only a stupid deal on its merits (the US gave up something and got NOTHING); it is also a deal that destroys rather than advances a peace process.

      So what happened? Trump made a stupid promise to his uninformed base during the campaign, and rather than just let it be one of many unkept campaign promises, he ignored all his educated advisors and pandered to the fevered wish of rich donor Shel Adelson. Trump's uninformed base remains uninformed so are cheering this move from the comfort of their deep stupidity and bigotry (see previous posts on this thread for confirmation of that stupidity and bigotry).

      Maybe the motto for the State of Jefferson should be "Deplorables Welcome Here."

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-07 21:07:32   By: Anonymous
Trump can not relate to Jews! Jews are frugal with their money, don't celebrate Christmas and constantly make fun of themselves!

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    Posted on: 2017-12-07 21:42:09   By: Anonymous
    ...and wear silly little hats.

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      Posted on: 2017-12-08 00:51:54   By: Anonymous
      Well Trump does wear a silly little hat.

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        Posted on: 2017-12-08 04:17:24   By: Anonymous

        Trump wears a squirrel on his head. Sand n!ggers wear hand towels.

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          Posted on: 2017-12-08 07:16:18   By: Anonymous
          he's got a damned pence head growing out of his shoulder. WTF?!?

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