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Trump's Decision to Recognize Israeli Rights on Jerusalem and the Peace Process

Updated on December 8, 2017

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?

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Peace Process

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


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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Radmikenow. Yes, this decision was long overdue. Frankly the Palestine Arabs dont want any peace and that is the crus of the problem

    • Readmikenow profile image


      12 months ago

      This is a very well written article. When I visit Israel, I'm always amazed at the places there where Muslims and Jews live and work in harmony. This will never be seen in the media, it doesn't fit the narrative. I think there is an argument to be made that the Palestinian people don't really want peace. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish state for thousands of years. It was the right thing to do. Trump had the courage and leadership to do the right thing. Other countries are also moving their embassy to Jerusalem. This was a well done article.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Mark for reading and commenting

    • Mark Tulin profile image

      Mark Tulin 

      12 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Intetesting take on Israel. I’m still trying to figure out what’s what in that hotbed of conflict. Thanks for writing this post.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Manatita, my brother , I really like your comments, they raise my morale.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Bradmaster for commenting. I am so glad you have appreciated my point of view. Jerusalem or no Jerusalem the Palestine Arabs will never give up their hostility to Israel and that is the bottom-line.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      13 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Excellent summary of the Jerusalem as Capital issues. Look at how many countries have changed their names over the many decades and no one challenged them.

      As you mentioned, this has nothing to do with breaking a peace that never existed. So threats of continued Terrorism because of it is meaningless.

      These countries that say this US move is a major problem including our allies are just not seeing the real picture.

      If we took away the ARAB oil resources, no one would care about the Middle East.

      What our Allies and other countries should do is to decry the use of Terrorism as a means of arguing issues. Israel has been forced by the other countries in the Middle East to defend themselves. I don't believe that they would not keep a peace once gotten between them and Palestine.

      How many terrorists are Israeli?

      The issue on this move by the US to Jerusalem should be moved to the Palestinians and other countries that would provoke violence to defeat it.

      Jerusalem has always been their capital and Trump and the US finally acknowledging it is long overdue. These countries that oppose it, have their own problems and they should work on them.

      Many people are also using this to dump on Trump simply because they don't like him, and probably not because of what he does?

      The other US presidents that waived the will of the congress that passed the Jerusalem as capital and move the Embassy to there shirked there duty to America, and their biggest Allie in that region.

      As you say, not moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem has not generated peace.


    • manatita44 profile image


      13 months ago from london

      Interesting history. So many veils to be uncovered in political life.

      A good look at the problem.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Yes, Nikki, you are perhaps right

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      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      That’s right, but still his step is not for peace process.

      But it has added fuel to fire between Israel and other countries.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thanks Nikki. Appreciate your comments but there was no peace process even when Trump had not accepted Jerusalem as capital of Israel.

    • nikkikhan10 profile image

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Interesting Madan but the thing is Trump has not done this for peace process I am sure from his personality type as he just likes to irritate others.

      His objective behind this is to irritate Muslims and Arab world as he knows Jerusalem is rioted area between Arab and Israel.

      So I don’t think there would be any peace process after this step.


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