President Trump is expected to make it official today that the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move our embassy there from Tel Aviv. Even though it will likely take years, Arab factions are already protesting, burning Trump’s photo, threatening violence and warning that this will derail Middle East peace efforts.
Pardon me, but if the US simply recognizing a fact that’s been true since King David declared Jerusalem to be the capital of his kingdom over 3,000 years ago is going to derail the Mideast peace process, then it must be an awfully rickety train. I haven’t noticed that pretending it’s not true has done much to advance the peace process, nor has the US capitulating to threats. Maybe it’s time to try a whole new direction in dealing with the Middle East: realism.