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Why Moving the Embassy Advances US Interests

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US President Donald Trump. Photo: UN.

Here are seven reasons why moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was a wise decision:

1. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem — as proscribed by the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act — represent President Trump’s resolve to focus on US interests, defy Arab pressure/threats, and overrule the politically-correct bureaucracy of the State Department.

2. Relocating the embassy also underscores the resurrection of US unilateral action. It distinguishes the US President, Congress and most Americans from the US foreign policy establishment, the UN and Europe.

3. It signals a determination to resurrect the US posture of deterrence, reflecting the realization that succumbing to Arab pressure and threats fuels violence, while defiance of pressure and threats deters rogue elements and advances security — and therefore advances the prospects of peace.

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4. Palestinian terrorism and hate-education were fueled by the December 1988 US recognition of the PLO, the 1993 Oslo Accords, Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, and the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza. On the other hand, the 2011 US veto of a UN Security Council condemnation of Israel’s 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; instead, it has radicalized Arab expectations and undermined the US posture of deterrence, which is critical for US national security and global order.

6. Relocating the embassy is consistent with the US ethos — from the early Pilgrims and the  Founding Fathers, until today.

7. Relocating the embassy reflects a determination to avoid repeated errors of past peace efforts by the United States.

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