I was elated when I heard the news. U.S. President Donald Trump will declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the American embassy there from Tel Aviv. Israel is unique in many facets, some positive, some negative. One of the negatives is that Israel is the only country that is recognized by most other nation-states in the world, but whose capital is not recognized. Could you imagine a country refusing to put its embassy in Washington D.C.? It would be unheard of, because a country refusing to put its embassy in the capital of the nation-state with whom it intends to have full diplomatic relations would be a grave insult and would not be tolerated – except in Israel.
I’m not going to go into detail about why Jerusalem should be recognized by all as Israel’s capital. I think people know the facts, whether they choose to accept them or not. Predictably, Israel’s opponents all over the world are calling for an international outcry over President Trump’s impending declaration. There has been talk of demonstrations, summits, violence, you name it. As far as I’m concerned, the enemies of Israel can whine and cry all they want. Jerusalem has been, is, and always will be the eternal capital of the nation of Israel. To deny this is to deny the facts. But of course, facts rarely matter to Israel’s enemies.