The entire Muslim world is in turmoil again. This time it is because of a decision that Donald Trump made.
He decided to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv within three years.
When he first made the announcement, I tried to figure out what he was up to now because he has a real knack for stirring up controversy.
But this time I think he has some method in his madness. It has to do with Israel’s right to exist.
We are all aware that there have been numerous attempts at trying to negotiate a peace process between the Israelites and the Palestinians. Almost every U.S. president for the past 40 years or more has attempted to broker a peace plan between these people. Everyone was doomed to failure for the simple reason that if the Palestinians agreed to a peace settlement they would acknowledge that Israel was a fact of life and had a right to co-exist with the Palestinians and the rest of the Muslim countries.
Their real goal is to see Israel and the Jewish people destroyed.
Joe Clark attempted to move the Canadian embassy to Jerusalem in 1979 and abandoned the idea because of severe push back.
Likewise every U.S. President since that time have also made a promise to move their embassy to Jerusalem but eventually backed away from following through.
Trump has had enough of false promises and has decided that he will move the U.S. embassy.
Of course, this has put Muslims around the world in an uproar. When a country puts its embassy in the capital of another country, it recognizes the legitimacy of that country.
So far no country has done that with Israel. This move would give Israel recognition as a nation.
As Lorrie Goldstein observed in a Sun column Dec. 8 titled, ‘Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government’, Trump said. “It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli supreme court.
“It is the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.”
Once the U.S. moves its embassy to Jerusalem and others will follow, it takes away the argument that Israel is not a real country.
This is the Muslim’s worst nightmare because they will no longer be able to argue that Israel doesn’t really exist.
Lorrie Goldstein goes on to say “The reason the United Nations gives for refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is that Israel occupied East Jerusalem, which used to be part of Jordan, during the six day, Arab-Israel war of 1967.”
It was the Arabs, not Israelites, who caused the war so I think Israel has every right to claim that part of the city. Historically all of Jerusalem was Jewish territory.
What I can’t figure out is why people who are resident and also citizens of this country protesting all over Canada at Trumps decision?
To me it smacks of hatred and racism against the Jewish people.
These same people expect us to accept some of their culture and customs and yet they think there should be no recognition of the Jewish people to have a homeland?
It will be interesting to see how many countries follow Trump’s lead. Every attempt at trying to broker a peace deal in that part of the world has failed so far.
The Palestinians will no longer be able to pretend that Israel does not exist. The sooner they agree to a peace deal the better off they and everyone else will be.
by Herman Schwenk