Monday, May 22, 2017
Trump at the Western Wall - Another Presidential First
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem in general and the Old City specifically has been hotly contested by the international community, which prefers to settle the city’s status within the context of a final-status solution with the Palestinians.
The United States government is divided on the issue with congressional legislation, passed in 1995, mandating that the US Embassy be relocated to Jerusalem. [Fox News]
President Trump should be consistent with his efforts to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace. In 1995, our country made a promise to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Embassy Act. If he had invited Netanyahu to jointly visit the Wall with him today, I would have bet that our embassy would be moved and peace never achieved causing a fire storm.
He must make this embassy move decision by June 1 or use the presidential waiver that Bush, Clinton and Obama all have used.
Both the Arabs and Israelis have claims on Palestine. Prince Abdullah talked about the fact that under his plan, Arabs would normalize relations with Israel. All Israel had to do was surrender the territory it received after the Six Day War. But Israel has an historic right to the land and there's the problem.