If Trump is talking; Trump is lying. If Trump promises something/anything; it’s another – often illegal – scam. Trump lies; misinforms; spreads disinformation Every. Single. Day.
As a ‘promise,’ Trump’s new focus on Jerusalem is a scam on the U.S., Israel and the Palestinians alike but, principally, a gift to his primary Christian Zionist sponsors and funding sources with whom his VP is also actively and closely aligned.
Trump’s focus on Jerusalem is also now the perfect and massive distracter from everything else which ails ranging from Mueller’s increasingly focused investigation to the 20 women – so far – who’ve accused him of sexual assault as well as his own unstable and deteriorating mental health…and far more..
To honestly and sincerely identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – which I also believe it should be – means a whole lot more than the reckless self-adoring geo- and national political performance art in which Trump and those so aligned are currently engaged.
First of all, there is East and West Jerusalem.
There are about 350,000 Arabs in East Jerusalem considered ‘permanent citizens’ of Israel who work, pay taxes pay taxes and receive state benefits but cannot vote, cannot hold an Israeli passport of run for political office in their own communities. This is, of course, unlike so very many Haredi who contribute nothing but live off taxes paid by Israeli citizens and Arab permanent citizens alike.
These; other specific issues need honest attention before simply throwing fairy dust and ‘recognizing’ Jerusalem as Israel’s formal and official capital.
By doing otherwise, TrumpBannon depended on the UN’s abject rejection while deliberately engaging in this reckless geopolitical exercise as nothing but a taunt to excite small numbers of their remaining core followers; Christian Zionists, Christian Supremacists; Israel’s amoral hard Right; Evangelicals.
There was NO anticipation that Jerusalem would truly become Israel’s officially recognized capital and, in this taunt paired with remarkably juvenile threats, Trump’s actions will only bring further compromise and extreme risk to both Israel and Palestinians alike rather than ANY hope of ANY real benefit to either group.
This ‘recognition’ of Jerusalem was/is only and all about Trump and NOTHING else.
The subsequent statement by Nikki Haley ‘that the United States would “remember this day” when it was singled out for exercising its sovereignty’ is language right from a Chinese Communist Party playbook; from a wannabe dictator’s fantasy talking points.
The U.S did, in fact, ‘exercise its sovereignty’ in making this poorly constructed and purely on the cheap national political decision in the exact same way an overwhelming majority of the world – fully and predictably – ‘exercised’ their own sovereignty.
‘Sovereignty,’ very similar to ‘Religious Freedom,’ is neither lost nor threatened because somebody else doesn’t do exactly as they are told; because another doesn’t ‘believe,’ behave and follow exactly the same expectations as you.
The issue of Jerusalem is real and sincere. The pathetic man-child, his primary handlers and Sponsors, currently infesting America’s White House will only – has only – massively degraded and regressed whatever limited stability and process was in place towards a real solution for Jerusalem.