Yesterday, December 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he was recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. In addition to that recognition, he also announced that he would be moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
After the announcement, the response was immediate. As a matter of fact, reaction to his announcement began even before he had officially made it.
The media coverage of his announcement makes it seem as if the idea of the United States recognizing Jerusalem was some wild, out of the blue move. The notion of recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel was one floated by Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, and even George HW Bush.
Here is what the AP had to say about this announcement:
President Donald Trump has shattered decades of unwavering U.S. neutrality on Jerusalem, declaring the sorely divided holy city as Israel’s capital and sparking frustrated Palestinians to cry out that he had destroyed already-fragile Mideast hopes for peace.
Trump insisted that after repeated peace failures it was past time for a new approach, starting with his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government. He also said the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though he set no timetable.
Harsh objections came from a wide array of presidents and prime ministers. No government beyond Israel spoke up in praise of Trump or suggested it would follow his lead.
As we have pointed out above, this claim of “unwavering” neutrality by the US on the Jerusalem question is a flat-out myth, and I am sure the writer of the AP agit prop piece knows full well he’s flat out lying to his audience when he writes a sentence like that.
Donald Trump himself ran a campaign in which he promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. The shock and awe expressed by the Progressive State Media is, to say the least, disingenuous at best.
Whatever you feel about this announcement, to feign amazement at this decision, to pretend that Trump is moving in a way that the United States has not been long contemplating for decades merely reveals the degree to which the Progressive State Media is engaged in the work of agit prop, not simply delivering the news.
This tone the media has chosen to take is not merely reflected in the editorials, it is a tone the media has taken in its alleged “straight news” reports. As to whether this decision by the President is “good” or “bad” for the region, or for the interest of the United States, that’s another matter altogether.
The one thing the AP piece did get right was the harsh reaction around the world, especially among Muslim nations in the Middle East, to this decision. At a time when many Muslim nations were moving towards Israel, one could argue that this decision by the Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel may do more harm to the American ally than good.
Jordan offered perhaps the strongest condemnation and announced that it would be working with Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas to produce what is being called a “coordinated response.”
Jordan’s statement read, in part, that the decision by Trump will undermine the peace process and that it “fuels anger and provokes the feelings of Muslims and Christians.”
Eight nations immediately requested a UN Security Council Meeting to address the American decision. The nations that made that request are Egypt, Uruguay, Bolivia, France, Senegal, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Italy. Of note on that list are Egypt, a strong American ally, and also one of the Muslim nations that has recently moved towards reconciliation with Israel, and the United Kingdom, arguably America’s strongest ally.
Even a steadfast American ally, Australia, expressed concern for the decision by the United States. The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, told ABC (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) that she was “concerned by any unilateral action by either side which could add to tensions.”
The Turks declared that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel doesn’t change a thing, meaning they have no intention to join suit. Through the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turks called the decision a “dangerous step.”
Angela Merkel, already no friend of President Trump, came out swinging, in the form of a tweet that said, “The German government doesn’t support this stance, because the status of Jerusalem must be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution.”