Workmen were seen putting up street signs to the U.S. embassy on Monday. Thanks to President Donald Trump the embassy is due to open in Jerusalem within a week. Israelis hailed the move as historic while Palestinians are angry, but what else is knew there? Never mind the fact that about 80 percent of the Israeli government was already in Jerusalem.
Even though the U.N. recognized the state of Israel in 1948, and allowed it to become a member state, on Dec. 13, 1949 it placed the whole city of Jerusalem under a ‘corpus separatum’ or international control.
However, in 1967, during the Six-Day War, Israel captured the eastern section of Jerusalem, which Jordan presided over, and declared Israeli law, jurisdiction and administration would be applied to the whole city. Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem has been considered illegal under international law and was condemned by the U.N., as well as other states.
Jordan was one of the countries that attacked Israel, and the Jewish state defeated them and took the land.
The Six-Day War was fought between Israel and Egypt (known as the United Arab Republic at the time), Jordan, and Syria. This was the second time in Israel’s short history that it was attacked by its Arab neighbors who simply could not accept the Armistice Agreement of 1949.
So, as every other country throughout history took land as spoils of war, the Israelis took only what land they determined they needed for self defense, so that they would never be attacked a third time by their Arab neighbors. They could have taken all the land of the countries they defeated, but instead they only took the following:
- The Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt. The Sinai was given back to Egypt in the early 1980’s, and the Israelis left Gaza in 2005. It is currently being controlled by the terrorist group Hamas.
- The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from Jordan. Israel controls most of the West Bank, with some of the land being under the Palestinian Authority.
- The Golan Heights from Syria was annexed by Israel and it controls it to this day.
Passersby watched as municipal workers erected signs that read “US Embassy” in Hebrew, Arabic and English around the site, in the city’s Arnona section.
President Donald Trump made good on another campaign promise when he broke with decades of U.S. diplomacy, or lack thereof, and an Israeli hating international consensus when on December 6th, he recognized that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. embassy will be moved there from where it currently is located in Tel Aviv.
All throughout history no one but the Jews have referred to Jerusalem as their capital. Every sovereign nation has the right to name their own capital, something the international consensus never understood.
What a birthday present for the Jewish state as the embassy will have a festive inauguration next week to go alongside the 70th anniversary celebration of the founding of the state of Israel.
From Yahoo! News:
“This is not a dream — it’s reality,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a Twitter post that included photos of him up a ladder holding one of the newly installed signs.
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people — and the world is beginning to recognize this fact,” he said, adding his thanks to Trump.
Israel considers the Trump declaration as recognition, albeit long delayed, of a historical fact.
To the Palestinians it is indicative of what they say is the White House’s pro-Israel bias.