1. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israelís capital, and
relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem - as prescribed
by the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act - represent President
Trumpís resolve to focus on US interests, defy Arab
pressure/threats, and overrule the politically-correct
bureaucracy of the State Department.
2. Relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem underscores
the resurrection of the US independent unilateral Ė
rather than multinational Ė action. It
distinguishes the US President, Congress and most
Americans from the US foreign policy establishment, the
UN worldview, and Europeís vacillation and cave-in.
3. It signals a determination to resurrect the US
posture of deterrence, reflecting the realization that
succumbing to Arab pressure/threats fuels violence,
while defiance of pressure/threats deters rogue elements
and advances security, and therefore advances the
prospects of peace.
4. Palestinian terrorism and hate-education were fueled
by the December 1988 US recognition of the PLO, the 1993
Oslo Accord Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, and
the 2005 Israelís uprooting of Jews from Gaza.
On the other hand, the 2011 US veto of a UN Security
Council condemnation of Israelís settlements policy
was not followed by anti-US terrorism, contrary to
assessments made by the State Department.
5. The non-implementation of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy
Act has not advanced the peace process, but radicalized
Arab expectations, forcing them to outflank the US from
the maximalist side. It has undermined the US posture of
deterrence, which is critical for the US national
security and global sanity.
6. Relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem is consistent
with the US ethos from the early Pilgrims and the US
Founding Fathers until today. It is reflected by the 18
Jerusalems and 32 Salems (Shalem was the original name
of Jerusalem) in the US, and by the spelling of
7. Relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem reflects a
determination to avoid repeated errors, thus bolstering
the US posture of deterrence, while complying with the
US law of the land, and embracing the state-of-mind of