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Trump Vows to Move Embassy to Jerusalem, but, Like, Not Right Now

A promise delayed is a promise not kept. From the White House:

While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance.  President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests.  But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.

Sure give the Palestinians this concession. They’ll pocket it and ask for more, and there will still be no peace deal.

Trump to the Israelis and Palestinians: Let’s Make a Deal

President Trump Tuesday offered up the dubious proposition that the Palestinians are ready for peace with Israel.

As far as I’ve observed, the Palestinians are always ready to make a deal, until it comes time to make a deal. And they suggest they are ready to live with Israel, but teach their children to throw the Jews into the sea.

During an appearance with Palestinian Authority President Abbas, Trump said:

As I discussed with President Abbas in Washington earlier this month, I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal. President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith. And Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. I look forward to working with these leaders toward a lasting peace.

Later, during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu:

As I have repeatedly said, I’m personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement. And I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. I know you’ve heard it before.”

Trump added that dealmaking “is what I do.”

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu offered Trump a reality check.

As you said this morning, Mr. President, funding and rewarding terrorism must end. Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. Well, I hope this heralds a real change. Because if the attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.

No doubt, the man who fashions himself the world’s greatest dealmaker wants to complete the Mother of All Deals, finally finishing the world’s most famous uncompleted agreement.

The last three presidents have all tried it. The results have not been good for Israel, and I see no reason to believe the Palestinians are any more serious about accepting Israel now than they have in the past. Israel has offered deals before, been rejected, and is doing pretty well at the moment without one. At least for now, leave well enough alone.

Video || Trump Visits the Western Wall

In Jerusalem. In Israel.

You can see Ivanka and Jared Kushner, who are Orthodox Jews, tagging along.

After the president was finished, Jared kushner, economic adviser Gary Cohn, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approached the wall together and offered their own prayers.

Spicer Won’t Say Western Wall is in Israel

President Trump during the campaign suggested Jerusalem was part of Israel, stating unequivocally that he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But that was just for Jewish and conservative Christian votes. Unless he was planning on moving the Israeli embassy to Palestine. Mark Levin has a good takedown of this whole… Continue Reading

Trump to Visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestinian Authority, and The Vatican

All three religions. Get it? From the White House: President Trump has accepted the invitation of King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia later this month. The visit will reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and allow the… Continue Reading

Netanyahu to Kerry: Don’t Blame Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ripped Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Israeli-Palestinian relations Wednesday, criticizing the nation’s top diplomat for blaming Israel for the region’s problems, the Washington Examiner reported. “Like the resolution that John Kerry advanced at the UN (Security Council), John Kerry gave a skewed speech against Israel. For over an… Continue Reading

Kerry Admits Collusion on UN Resolution

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Wednesday that the United States had at least indirect input into the United Nations resolution condemning Jewish settlements, pushing for it to be crafted in a way that would not cause the United States to reject it. “We made clear to others, including those on the Security Council, that… Continue Reading

Rabbi Presiding Over National Menorah Lighting Slams Obama UN Move

The rabbi in charge of the National Hanukkah Menorah lighting used the ceremony, held Sunday just steps from the White House, to criticize the Obama administration’s decision to allow the United Nations to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and portions of Jerusalem as illegal, the Washington Examiner reported. Rabbi Levi… Continue Reading

Obama Permits UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements

In case my fellow Jews needed any more proof about which Party has Israel’s back. From the Washington Examiner: President Obama allowed a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in disputed Palestinian territory to pass through the United Nations Security Council, marking a dramatic change in U.S. policy just weeks before leaving office. The U.S. did… Continue Reading

White House Forgets that it Doesn’t Think Jerusalem is in Israel

The White House today accidentally did something pro-Israel by inadvertently sending out a transcript of President Obama’s Shimon Peres eulogy which listed Jerusalem as part of Israel. It was forced to send out this correction. White House policy is that Jerusalem belongs neither to the Palestinians nor the Israelis, and our embassy is in Tel… Continue Reading

Obama Statement on Shimon Peres: But Enough About Me

President Obama last night issued a name-dropping, self-referential statement about Israeli President Shimon Peres, who died Tuesday at 93, noting three times that he and Shimon were “friends.” “My friend Shimon” “Our dear friend Shimon Peres” “I will always be grateful that I was able to call Shimon my friend.” Like, what kind of friends?… Continue Reading