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Why Does Declaring Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel Matter?

by Countable | 12.5.17

What’s the story?

President Donald Trump is expected to address the issue of Jerusalem during a speech at the National Defense University on Wednesday. Politico reports that U.S. embassies have been placed on high alert for violent protests due to the possibility that the president may recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel according to U.S. policy.

But why does declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel matter?

Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the holy city as their capital. In pursuit of Middle East peace and a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most nations, including the U.S., have declined to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. To do so would be considered by many in the Arab world to be preemptively choosing sides, disqualifying the U.S. from participation in peace negotiations.

Yet a 1995 law, the Jerusalem Embassy Act, declared America's intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel. But the legislation also allowed the president to waive that requirement on national security grounds, which all presidents have done since its enactment.

Every six months they each made declarations to that effect, as required by the law. President Trump made his own declaration in June, but could reverse his position anytime. Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was one of his campaign promises, and is a decades-old goal of some members of the GOP.

What do you think?

Should President Trump recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Should he move the U.S. embassy? Why or why not?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Pixabay / Creative Commons)

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  • S
    12/06/2017
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    He just can’t leave anything alone. He is too stupid to know why this is important. He is determined to do as much damage to the earth and leave as many dead bodies in his wake as possible. This man is more than incompetent. His actions far exceed even gross incompetence. He is evil personified.

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  • Karan
    12/06/2017
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    This is the ancient and political capitol of Israel. Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Good move Mr. President.

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  • NoHedges
    12/06/2017
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    Wait, this is a easy one.... Because it is what our Corporate Dictatorship and his supporters want and they will stop at nothing to get whatever THEY want, no matter what the American people say or who they have to kill, maim, or buy-off in the process. Right? Did I get an A?

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  • Sam
    12/06/2017
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    Can someone explain why Israel is the single country in the world that our embassy isn’t in the host country‘s capital? And especially such a close ally!?And who exactly is Israel’s opponent, the PLO which is clearly a terrorist organization, that seeks to destroy Israel’s identity! Thank you Mr. President for standing up for what’s right!!

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  • Mancos
    12/06/2017
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    What does Kushner, who shouldn’t be allowed any security clearance based on his catalogue of lies, and who travels to the Middle East to represent our country (yikes and argh) have to do with this ill advised and threatening proposal? Is it impeachment time yet? Obstruction and collusion aside, this administration is a “clear and present danger” to our national security.

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  • Debra
    12/06/2017
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    This will just add to Middle East tensions. There will never be peace and this will suspend all negotiations permanently. Do the Saudia’s and Israel have a back channel agreement here, to inflame Iran, which would allow the US to nix the Iran deal and indirectly cause another war within the Middle East. American corporations make a lot of money supplying arms to the Saudi’s. Didn’t the Trump administration just agree to sell arms to the Saudi’s 6 month ago? Kushner has been spending a lot of time traveling to Saudi Arab. Something is very fishy here????

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  • Truly
    12/06/2017
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    Trump should resign and be in jail for treason. Nothing else will suffice.

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  • Steve
    12/06/2017
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    Jerusalem has always been recognized as Israel’s capital and recognized by others as their capital too. If you know history even Bush and OBama promised to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem on their campaign speeches. They, just as many others never followed through with their political speech promises! Now, you have a president who follows through as a business man would and people can’t handle it! Just as in the US why is the minority dictating what the majority must do? We all must live and work together, if you are preaching diversity and understanding, why can’t people accept the way Trump is?? How is that being inclusive??

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  • Lee
    12/06/2017
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    Do you really want the Palestinian to take over control of Jerusalem? That would be a disaster. Jerusalem belongs to all the people of the World and no one is better suited to keep this Sacred place safe and beautiful than Israel. President Trump at least has the courage to do the right thing. So, Mr. President thank you for having the conviction and determination to declare Jerusalem the Capitol of Israel. Trump haters go and insult the terrorists in Palestine and other terror organizations like Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, etc. These warmonger groups are committed to the destruction of Israel and destabilization of the region. Lets hope for peace and tranquility in the Middle East that has been ravaged by wars. Merry Christmas!

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  • D
    12/06/2017
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    Something very important to understand is that modern day Israel was created after WW2. The Jewish people were given the land that Palestinians had been living on for decades in order to redress the fact that the Germans were assholes. So how would any of you feel if your home was given away because someone else was an asshole?????

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  • D
    12/06/2017
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    This is an attempt at distraction, we need to focus. Everything this illegitimate potus & administration does van be repealed in November 2018, the PEOPLE must insist on it

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  • IllWill
    12/06/2017
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    This is a declaration from the Trump administration that they are not interested in promoting peace around the world. They know how volatile this decision will be, but they don’t care as long as they can appease Israel. All Trump is interested in is stoking up war and conflict given his reckless actions on countries like Iran and North Korea. We’re in very dangerous times.

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  • Mark
    12/06/2017
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    I’m not surprised that Donald J Trump has continued to make very poor decisions. His life is one poor decision that only benefits him at the expense of others. The United States, her allies and the world will continue to be the losers at the end of every decision he makes. So long as the GOP continues to support men who are pedophiles, Nazi sympathizers, and incompetent their will continue to hang a clear and present danger over the heads of the citizens of the United States.

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  • Eric
    12/06/2017
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    Another shiny object to distract everyone from the fact that the Republican Party is officially the party that supports Roy Moore. The fact that because he is president, his shiny distractions can be disastrous, does not change that this is a distraction. This is the party whose leader and national committee prioritizes protection of children below everything else. The Republican Party is the party that supports Roy Moore. You own this now Republicans. EVERYTHING you do is tainted. Congratulations. The price of selling your souls is now due. You own this as the party that supports Roy Moore. You are willing to exacerbate tensions in the Middle East to protect Roy Moore. You have now told us your priorities. You own this as the party that supports Roy Moore. We hear you.

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  • Katherine
    12/06/2017
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    There is no reason for Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem other than to thumb his nose at the Palestinian people. Israel is in violation of numerous UN declaration about their illegal settlements, not to mention their human rights violations against the Palestinian people. Don’t reward this by giving Israel what they want. And if your motivation for wanting this is religious then I, as a Christian, remind you that we separate our politics from our religion because when we get them confused (as America so often does with Israel) we leave chaos in our wake. Leave our embassy in Tel Aviv until a peace deal is finalized.

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  • Brian
    12/06/2017
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    Sure he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital he wants to be know as the president that starts world war three the deaths of millions of people will be on his and the Republican party’s hands

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  • Bryan
    12/06/2017
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    What is the comprehensive Israel-Palestine strategy here and how does this particular move bring us closer to a final, peaceful resolution?

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  • Janet
    12/06/2017
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    It matters because that is what Putin wants. Trump is Putin’s puppet.

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  • Catherine
    12/06/2017
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    It is very disheartening to have a president that is hell bent on creating as much chaos as possible. Reading about the situation it seems there is no other country except for Israel of course that supports this move. I am very sorry for the Palestinians and truly hoped in my lifetime there might be peace, but now that process is shot to hell! Every day this "president" brings us closer to the brink of WWIII. Give Peace a chance!!!!

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  • Countryfirst
    12/06/2017
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    We are not going to have any Arab allies if this orange haired buffoon has his way. This man is insane and us trying to form a dictatorship..he must be IMPEACHED!

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