Next Monday will be an historic day here in Jerusalem, Israel. Although promised by many, and even enshrined in law, the American Embassy in Tel Aviv has never moved to Jerusalem, Israel’s rightful capital. You have courageously decided to do the right thing and move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Mr. President, for a day this historic, you deserve to be here, and we want you here in Jerusalem for the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem.
Many will doubt the legitimacy of the Embassy move. They will say rogue voices in your administration pressured you to make this decision. They will try to underhandedly rob you of the glory that your decision deserves. The Embassy move will be solidified by your presence at its opening. Seeing you at the opening will demonstrate to other nations that you personally stand firmly behind this decision and they will follow your lead. You will forever be known not only as the President who moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, but the President who led the way for the world to recognize Israel’s right to declare Jerusalem as its own capital.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be an iconic moment that will forever be preserved in memory by the pictures and video taken at that moment. Israelis will look at pictures of the opening of the embassy for centuries. They will remember fondly how the United States of America stood up for Israel’s right to choose its own capital, and your decision to recognize Israel’s connection to Jerusalem. You should be the one smiling in the picture, enshrined forever in world history.
I dare say you are more popular in Israel than any other place in the world. Israelis recognize that you stick up for them, have their backs in the halls of the United Nations, against Iran, and treat Israel fairly in its conflict with the Palestinians. If you came back you’d be given a heroes’ welcome. The Israeli people want to thank you, cheer you on the streets and give the glory you deserve for the decision to open the American Embassy in Jerusalem.
The presidency is a brutal job. You are attacked for your policies, decisions, and even your personal life. While criticism is expected in a democracy with a free press, the harshness of the criticism leveled against you is unfair and unwarranted. For all the heat you take you deserve the glory for the successes as well. Mr. President, please return to Jerusalem next week and preside personally over the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. We would love to host you.