Former President Donald Trump did the unthinkable during his presidency when he moved the United States’ Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the eternal Jewish capital. He declared that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a promise never fulfilled by US presidents in the decades that came before.
But now, in his quest to undermine everything Trump did, President Joe Biden wants to divide the eternal Jewish Capital once again and open an American consulate in the city recognizing diplomatic relations with the Palestinians. This move would be in violation of US law and a 1963 treaty between the US and Israel, in which the US committed to not opening a Palestinian embassy in the country unless Israel agreed to its construction…which Israel is unlikely to do.
Biden is flagrantly disrespecting America’s closest ally in the region, all in the Left’s fondness for the enemies of Israel.
Building an American consulate is like building a consulate in Narnia. Neither nation exists.
Palestine is not a nation recognized by the United States, and there has never been a country called Palestine…ever. That territorial designation, created under the Roman Empire, includes Israel and the surrounding areas and contains a number of distinct people groups and therefore doesn’t exist as a single, cohesive nation.
And that makes this an ultimately useless gesture on the part of the Biden administration.
The Daily Wire reported, “President Biden is reportedly planning to unilaterally impose the opening of a U.S. consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem despite the Israeli government’s opposition, with some members of Israel’s Foreign Ministry calling the move an ‘introduction to the division of Jerusalem.’”
Presidents in the past gave lip service to taking action by building a US embassy in Jerusalem, then backed away because of fear of upsetting the Palestinians and the rest of the international community.
Trump stood firm.
Congress had mandated that the U.S. move the embassy to Jerusalem in the early 90s, however, every president after weaseled out of the congressional mandate.
President Trump upset the international community again by recognizing the Israeli claims to the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
Trump tweeted, “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and regional stability!”
Israel acquired the Golan Heights as part of the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981.
Until this point, the State Department had referred to the Golan Heights as “occupied territory.” Under Trump, the State Department refered to the land as “under Israeli control.”
Israelis are not happy with the new American president. They miss the days when President Trump had their back.
The polls don’t lie.
The Jerusalem Post reported the following:
“A slim majority (53%) of Israelis believe US president Joe Biden is less beneficial for Israel than his predecessor, Donald Trump, a poll by the Mitvim Institute for Regional Foreign Policy found.
About a third of Israelis (36%) think there is no significant change between the administrations, and 11% believe the Biden administration is better for Israel.
The Israelis polled gave the US-Israel relationship a score of 6.46 out of 10, with only 35% evaluating it as good. This year’s score is the lowest it has been since before Trump was elected president. Last year, the score was 8.05 out of 10, with 67% calling it good.”
As Donald Trump has asked Americans, “Miss me yet?”
Well, not only do millions of Americans miss him, but an overwhelming majority of Israelis also miss him too.