I was pleased with President Trump’s speech of the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and beginning to create a beautiful US embassy here. And I’m not the only one, as one can see here and read here and here and here.
And I have the right to applaud it, because when the enemies of peace, as their way of expressing their angry opinion, again would try to murder Jews, my life and that of my fellow Jewish Jerusalemites or Israelis are on the line. (Isn’t it telling that the US president says something and they seek to kill Jews? If that isn’t Jew hatred, then what is?) And if they would try to intensify their armed struggle again, the lives of my son in the army and his fellow soldiers are more in danger too. Heaven forbid.
I say: well done, Mr. Trump for speaking truth to power — the whole rest of the world, especially the Muslim world. (Well, actually, there are other exceptions!) Jewish History always takes note of our allies and friends. And we as Jews have a memory as no other People in the world (an eternal memory).
Even if Trump’s whole performance was possibly make-belief, theatre, this is irrelevant as long as he stands by his word. He can despise and hate all Jews, but if he says he loves us and keeps acting as if he does, and doesn’t say one thing and does another in closed chambers, any insincerity is immaterial.
And Trump was extremely presidential – believe me. The day before, he even called the five most disgruntled national leaders to reassure and placate them. Wow.
(While the US is tightening its grip on the Arab Palestinian leadership, the US President himself adds an accessory smile and talks about being fair to both sides – which is a code for insiders for reining in the villains on the one side they are.)
Further, he underpinned his decision with reasons and didn’t stress that Israel is the home nation for the Jewish People and other expressions of fondness for Jews that always set off anti-Semites.
He did point out – fruitlessly, because our enemies don’t want to hear of peace – that this does not change US policy and he will keep working to help establish a peace in the Middle East to the liking of both Israel and (lehavdil) the Palestinian Arabs. They don’t want peace. They only dream of greater Arab Palestine – anything less is defeat. (I know for years that ‘Christmas celebrations’ in Bethlehem were just theatre, since the Christian Palestinian population has been largely removed by the Muslim Palestinians – they are now sheltering in Israel. But now the proof is in.)
What I missed in Trump’s lengthy, balanced and dignified presentation was: an acknowledgement that this move was not born from his greatness (he did gave respect to his predecessors who did not do so “for no doubt their own good reasons at the time”) and that of Congress, but rather a reflection of the deep friendship of the American People for the Jewish State. They should be proud of themselves. Especially in light of almost all other Nations rejecting this.
I also missed the announcement to release Jonathan Pollard from the restraining measurements against him. Maybe a bit later. It would be nice if he could recover here first and then cut the ribbon to open the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
What’s the Problem?
Last but not least: The condemnation of the world’s leaders is informed by aware and unaware hate against Jews.
In some it’s clear: they long for the day that all Jews will be dead or subjugated. But in others, who truly see themselves as our friends, their subconscious anti-Semitism doesn’t want us to be powerful. We should be a People like all other Nations. And that is challenged by Trump’s new position.
The problem for no one is that Jerusalem will be acknowledged as the Capital of the Jewish State and even not that all embassies would be here or Jerusalem stays united. Rather, the outright haters see the lack of embassies as a sign of a non-peace phase on its way to Israel’s total loss, Heaven forbid. This US move builds up Israel. That is their problem.
The so-called neutral leaders take it also as underwriting Israel’s Six Day War’s victory of uniting Jerusalem. They like and honor dead Jews, and want to see Jews successfully fight for survival or as equal to others. But they cannot bear to see powerful and safe Jews, Jews standing out.
And many of the Arabs in Jerusalem do not want to become part of a Palestinian State. They want to stay part of a democracy. Guess which State that must be. There is no future in splitting up the Holy City.
A parallel problem shows in the conflict Israel now has with Germany – one of our best allies – what means even more because it used to be our worst enemy. The Germans will not guarantee to return a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition to Israel after touring there. These ancient Jewish texts are being claimed by Arab Palestinians. How can one fall for such a chutzpah?! Next thing we know they will declare that the Patriarchs and Matriarchs were Palestinian Arabs too, hijacked by the Jews.
I find it disgusting to see how Arab leaders against Trump’s declaration agitate and incite their followers. And then when the population responds with violence it is described in the foreign media as if “unrest broke out,” “erupted,” as if it is caused by the laws of nature, like the forest fire now threatening Los Angeles, and not by human wickedness.
And the world does not condemn the incitement and calls for terrorism. Very distasteful. Even when Israel has done nothing new, nothing wrong, Jews in Israel are still fair game and the world is silent again.
I don’t know how the US Population got things so right, where so many others get it wrong. I can only say: kol-ha-ka-vod – Well done!