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Title: Trump to Israel: "It's been a long time coming"; Schumer: I applaud Trump
Source: HotAir
URL Source: https://hotair.com/archives/2018/05 ... trump-israel-long-time-coming/
Published: May 14, 2018
Author: Ed Morrissey
Post Date: 2018-05-14 12:51:39 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 1560
Comments: 83

“Thank you, President Trump,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed, “for having the courage to keep your promises!” Netanyahu declared the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem as a “great day for Israel, a great day for America,” but also “a great day for peace.”

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Trump pre-empted the praise with his own prerecorded speech for the ceremony, declaring that “it’s been a long time coming,” and “that for many years, we failed to acknowledge the obvious”:

“This city and this entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people,” he said. “The United States will always be a great friend of Israel.”

The president went on to express his hope for peace in the region in the video message.

“We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, to Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there, and may God bless the United States of America,” Trump said.

Netanyahu followed Trump’s presentation with a longer address, in which he also personally thanked Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Continuing on a personal reflection, Netanyahu recalled his boyhood days in this same neighborhood, long before it got built up into its modern form. He told the crowd that his mother warned him not to wander too far into the neighborhood as it sat near the green line, and its streets were exposed to sniper fire. “What a difference!” Netanyahu proclaimed:

“We are here in Jersualem,” Netanyahu declared, “and we are here to stay!” That’s been obvious for decades, even as outside militaries and terror groups have tried to push Israel off its land and out of its capital. After the 1967 war, in which Jordan and Syria both lost territory (West Bank and Golan Heights, respectively) after attempting to relieve Egypt by opening new fronts in the east, it’s been clear that Israel (a) saw that territory as a necessary buffer after three separate attempts by Arab nations to invade through them, and (b) would never go back to agreeing that Jerusalem was an “open city.” Pretending otherwise made everyone look foolish and perpetuated false hopes in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

As Jeff B noted earlier today, the most virtuous aspect of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is the discarding of 50 years of ignoring reality:
I grudgingly hand it to Trump – never in 100yrs did I think the U.S. Israeli embassy would actually be moved to Jerusalem per his campaign promise but by gum he went and did it and demonstrated how pointless the longstanding refusal to acknowledge reality on the ground there was.

— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) May 14, 2018

As Trump himself said, we refused to acknowledge the obvious for more than fifty years. It’s possible that this will exacerbate tensions and make peace more difficult to achieve, but … what has the fifty years of fantasy diplomacy achieved? We still have Mahmoud Abbas spouting nonsensical genealogical arguments to paint the entire state of Israel as illegitimate and no movement at all on numerous peace proposals offered by previous administrations that played along with Abbas’ nuttiness.

We’ve tried pretending for fifty years. Maybe a hard dose of reality is worth trying at this point. It certainly couldn’t do any worse.
Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction. And fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace. https://t.co/u4wNzgrYP4

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 14, 2018

And count Chuck Schumer as one of the people cheering Trump in this instance:
Schumer: In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital. I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 14, 2018

Well, it has been a long time coming. We should have done this after Yasser Arafat’s launch of the intifadas. Better late than never, though.

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#5. To: Tooconservative (#0)

And count Chuck Schumer as one of the people cheering Trump in this instance:

No surprise there. Chuckie has always put Israel first. It's what keeps getting him re-elected.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-05-14   13:19:16 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: sneakypete (#5)

No surprise there. Chuckie has always put Israel first. It's what keeps getting him re-elected.

It was killing him not to be there personally to try to grab more glory for himself. It had to gall him to have to thank Trump for it though. Those had to be tough words to swallow for that schmuck.     : )

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14   13:24:10 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#34. To: Tooconservative (#8)

It had to gall him to have to thank Trump for it though. Those had to be tough words to swallow for that schmuck. : )

Yeah,but he HAD to imply he was a part of the deal to keep the contributions and the votes rolling in.

Chuckie is nothing more than a ugly old male whore.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-05-14   19:07:54 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#36. To: sneakypete, misterwhite, no gnu taxes, Vicomte13 (#34)

Turkey recalled their U.S. ambassador about an hour ago, per the AP.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14   19:37:18 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#37. To: Tooconservative (#36)

Turkey recalled their U.S. ambassador about an hour ago, per the AP.

Snit fits all around. Then normality will return.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-14   20:59:20 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#38. To: Vicomte13 (#37)

The hypocrisy is pretty deep here.

Turkey conquered northern Cyprus, took it for itself, then colonized the conquered territory. Kind of a replay of the Armenian holocaust. And they didn't do this in WW II but in the Seventies.

Turkey is far more a group of war criminals than Israel is. And they don't want anyone to dare mention Cyprus or the Armenians. And no one ever mentions Cyprus. Or the Armenians.

And they signed that contract to buy the S-400 missiles, which are not compatible with NATO systems. This is a clear violation of NATO treaty requirements that all members must use interoperable equipment and that they will not operate any incompatible equipment.

NATO needs to eject Turkey. They are not an ally, as they demonstrated during the Iraq invasion.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14   21:13:24 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#39. To: Tooconservative (#38)

No, it is better to keep Turkey in our orbit. Kick out Turkey, and they can find an ally in Russia, and that changes the whole strategic picture, drastically, in Russia’s favor.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-14   21:20:12 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#40. To: Vicomte13 (#39)

No, it is better to keep Turkey in our orbit. Kick out Turkey, and they can find an ally in Russia, and that changes the whole strategic picture, drastically, in Russia’s favor.

That's the threat. I don't think it could work in practice. And I don't think Incirlik is as valuable to us as it was during the Cold War.

Turkey has gone its own way, away from democracy and NATO. It's time we recognize that and act accordingly.

It's time to stop pretending that Turkey is an ally or wants to be an ally.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14   21:29:18 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#41. To: Tooconservative (#40)

Meh. Saudi Arabia is an ally. Pakistan is an ally. Egypt is an ally.

Turkey isn't very cooperative. But kicking them out gives the Russians the Dardanelles and direct rail lines into the Middle East. And that's a bad thing.

So we have to tolerate Turkey, because the alternative is a grand strategic mess.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-14   22:41:11 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#43. To: Vicomte13 (#41)

Turkey should be disolved.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-05-15   7:23:23 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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#44. To: A K A Stone (#43)

Turkey should be disolved.

Well, I can certainly see cutting Kurdistan off but the rest of Turkey is pretty much Turkish, and Turks are pretty nationalistic. Britain is far more likely to break into two than Turkey is.

We're stuck with them. And as far as countries full of Muslims go, Turkey is probably the most enlightened, having separated church and state 100 years ago.

The trends are worrying there, to be sure, but we don't have to choose between Turkey and Israel, so we just need to grin and bear them.

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