To everything there is a season. True, hope springs eternal and ‘you can’t get too much winter in the winter’ (R. Frost). This summer is a season of firsts, and we must seize the moment.
President Trump made Israel his first overseas trip just one month ago. Hon. David Friedman was the first US Ambassador to visit the Western Wall – on his first day in office. Both have been greeted by Israel with warmth and friendship afforded those who share values so closely.
We had hoped, at that time, to celebrate more firsts, specifically those pertaining to Jerusalem: First US Administration to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. First President not to sign the waiver, moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – aforementioned capital city.
But we’ve been asked by friends to wait. To be patient. And so we are, somewhat. We flock to the Ambassador’s home in the coastal town of Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv, to celebrate America’s birthday, enjoying Israeli kosher food and fireworks for the 4th of July. Next year in Jerusalem, we all nod with a grin. Seriously – we would expect no less from our friends in office, and we do expect the move, as PM Netanyahu has said repeatedly as well.
We could learn a thing or two from some of the other world powers. India PM Modi, here today in Israel tells us: “It’s my singular honor to be the first ever prime minister of India to undertake this groundbreaking visit to Israel.” Guts, vision, and a sprinkling of ideology make this an example of true leadership.
So for now, let the party begin. Enjoy summer and all its graces. We’ll let our allies get down to business and trust they will invite us for a ribbon cutting very soon – Inshallah.