Apparently insulted by repeated slights from Britain’s political class and populace, President Donald Trump has decided to cancel his proposed visit there.
Desperate to rescue the all-important post-Brexit US trade deal that might now be in jeopardy, Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to “clear the air” with the president at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week.
Good luck with that one. Mrs. May herself has contributed to the hysteria about Trump’s fitness for office by publicly condemning some of his tweets. Rather more to the point, however, her government voted at the UN to reject his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
That was astounding in two ways. First, Britain thus refused to defend America’s right to decide its own foreign policy against the UN’s wholly improper interference.
Second, Britain failed to stand up for Zionism and Judaism against the lie which underpins the century-old attempt to exterminate the national home of the Jewish people – that the Jews have no rights in Jerusalem at all because the “Palestinians” are the true inheritors of the city and the land.
Senior U.S. administration officials said in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday night that President Donald Trump will announced in a speech on Wednesday that he has decided not only to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, but has also ordered to start the process of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem.
“The president will say that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – it is recognition of the historical reality that Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish faith for thousands of years, and the reality today in which the government ministries, the Supreme Court and the central authorities are all located in the capital of Israel – Jerusalem,” the officials said.
“The second statement [in the speech] will be that the president ordered the State Department to begin the process of moving the embassy from its present location in Tel Aviv to a new location in Jerusalem,” they continued.
It is important to stress, however, that Trump intends to sign the waiver that postpones the embassy move for another six months. “The president will continue to sign the waiver every six months, until the final stages of the moving process,” noted the senior administration officials.
Echoing responses made by her fellow Likudniks to President Donald Trump’s recent comments on moving the US embassy in Israel, MK Gila Gamliel, Minister for Social Equality in the Knesset, said on Monday that the embassy – and, indeed, all embassies – should be moved to Jerusalem immediately.
“What better time than now for all countries of the world to move their embassies to Jerusalem?” asked Gamliel, speaking at an Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) tour with other lawmakers and officials after the group moved for a resolution stating Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel.
The resolution was also against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel discrimination.
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