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Trump's Decision to Recognize Israeli Rights on Jerusalem and the Peace Process
Trumps Reverses Decades Old Policy
Donald Trump is a man who is not bothered by what the world thinks. His actions like withdrawing from the climate agreement and chastising NATO powers to pay more for their membership are solely governed by what he feels is right. He is neither swayed by public opinion in America or the reaction of the American allies.
Trump has now taken a momentous decision that has reversed decades-old American policy on Jerusalem. He has publicly announced that the USA will recognize Israel as the Capital of Israel. This decision is part of a campaign promise and one can see that immigration controls, climate change, the wall on the Mexican border are being implemented as promised. I wonder if we can say that he is keeping his election promises.
Out of all his decisions, this is the most explosive and nobody in the world seems to support him on it, but Trump has gone ahead with his decision, which I dare say is popular in America.
Literally, Trump has caught the Tiger by the tail and it will be interesting to see if he will be able to ride the tiger. It is worth mentioning that Bill Clinton and George Bush had both promised that the USA will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital but once in power, the duo backtracked and the decision was not implemented.
Trump has reversed this policy and recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and soon the American embassy will shift from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Hysterical Arab and Muslim Reaction
Trump's decision is clear and there is no ambiguity about it. In real terms, his decision is an acceptance of reality as brought out by him. By NOT recognizing Jerusalem as Israels's capital, the peace process just floundered and has not moved anywhere during the last 7 decades. The fact is the American concession to the Arabs by not recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital for many decades, did not yield a peace solution, as the Arabs are so antagonistic to Israel that they want nothing short of wiping the existence of the Jewish state.
The reaction to Trump's decision has been hysterical in Palestine and Muslims all over the world have condemned the American decision. Even the US allies France and UK have not supported the decision.Most Muslim countries from Turkey ( Where Erdogan has called for a meeting of the OIC on this issue) to Indonesia and Pakistan have condemned this act and have added a dire warning that the peace process will stop. I have one question on this to the Muslim leaders, when did the peace process move forward despite Jerusalem not being recognized by the USA as the Capital of Israel?
The Palestine Arabs have started an agitation and vowed further attacks on Israel. This is nothing new as the Arab terrorist organization like Hamas have been carrying out rocket and terror attacks on Israel for years.
Will Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel stall the peace process which never took off?
Everybody has been talking that the Peace process will stop or be obstructed by this decision. Will it? The fact is the Israeli's and Arabs have fought 4 wars and the hostility between the two communities so intense that whether Jerusalem is recognized as the capital or not, the peace process was going nowhere and the Arabs were always calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.
In 1948, the Arabs launched an attack after the UN gave a mandate for the creation of a Jewish state. The combined Arab forces were decisively routed and the inauguration of the Jewish state was accompanied by blood.
In 1956 a war was forced on the Arabs after Nassar nationalized the British-French owned Suez Canal company but again the Israeli forces overran the entire Sinai.
In1967, Nassar and the Arabs decided the time was ripe to destroy the Jewish state and equipped with Russian MIG's and Tanks, the countries on the borders of Israel, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan attacked Israel. It was a crushing defeat for the Arab armies and President Nassar fearing the wrath of Israel and his own people at the route went into hiding. He died shortly after.
Another war in 1973, almost led to the capture of Cairo but at the last moment, a cease-fire was obtained. The Arabs after these defeats realized they could not face Israel militarily and instead of negotiating, a peace agreement decided on terrorism as a tool to bring Israel to its knees. This has not happened and in turn, the Arabs have suffered heavy casualties. Jerusalem be dammed, capital or not, The Arabs will not give up hostility to Israel