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Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Capital of Israel

by Countable | 12.6.17

What’s the story?

Early Wednesday afternoon President Trump officially announced his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and his intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in accordance with the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act. He insisted, in contrast to many world leaders, that the reversal of policy was a necessary step to lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians:

In contrast to Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, President Trump insisted that he was "delivering" on a promise:

Secretary of State Tillerson issued a statement in support of the president’s declaration, and committing to immediately begin pursuing the movement of the U.S. embassy:

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately put out a statement, thanking President Trump for his action:

While the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the move as meaning nothing:

Protest gatherings have begun around the world in response to the declaration, though Christian Evangelical leaders here in the U.S. are reported to have been jubilant on a call with the president immediately following his remarks.

What do you think?

Do you support President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy?

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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  • Jeremy
    12/07/2017
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    I voted for Donald Trump, in part, because he made a promise about Jerusalem to American Jews and Israelis, and I expected him to keep it. He did that, and in so doing, he has righted a historic wrong. Those who erroneously compare our President to Hitler, and then - ironically - severely criticize Trump for fulfilling a significant, dearest wish of millions of Israelis, need to take a good, hard look at themselves in the mirror and see if they’re missing any marbles. Donald Trump is right: For two decades, Presidents have signed the waiver and avoided officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in order to placate the Palestinians. It hasn’t helped. The Palestinians have found every reason under the sun to avoid serious, genuine peace talks with Israel. They’ve refused offers and overtures. If the Palestinians wish to share in the joys and wealth of Jerusalem, they need to contribute more to it than just hateful incitement and bloodshed.

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  • HockeyGuy
    12/07/2017
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    Trump, the dictator, thinks he can rule the world and declare what city in another country shall be considered its Capitol. The highest priority in our country is for our Democratic Senators and Representatives is to work with your Republican colleagues to remove Trump from office. NOTHING is more important, we are heading towards a catastrophic end to our constitutional freedoms!!!

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  • Countryfirst
    12/07/2017
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    We will have NO allies in the world..this moron in chief is dangerous. He has opened the gates of hell and now we're once again looked upon with total disdain from the world. This man needs to be put away!

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  • Daniel
    12/07/2017
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    His speech today was great. Truly presidential. First president to not kick the ball down the road since congress voted for this over 20 years ago.

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  • mikesindahouse
    12/07/2017
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    I feel like Trump’s job as president is not to lead but rather to create distractions and general disarray, so the American people are preoccupied with his activities while the Republicans in congress try their best to pass unpopular and, in some cases, un-democratic laws. To my Republican representatives: Prove me wrong. Impeach Trump and refuse to pass any bill without at least one democrat voting in favor of it. Your country deserves better.

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  • Susan
    12/07/2017
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    He has opened the gates of hell. Wonderful. Now we have North Korea and all of the Arab nations. Great. I feel so safe. Every idiot in this country has a gun and every country in world hates us. Make America great again. Can it get worse. Yes. Every day it gets worse. When will it end? When the first bomb falls that’s when. You effing sycophantic dimwits are letting this happen. You know that half the country is stupid and you want it that way. Your welcome Betsy-so your job is safe. This country is screwed. I’m screwed. Time to look abroad for a new place to live. I hate you people.

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  • Scott
    12/07/2017
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    Idiot!!!!

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  • Ryan
    12/07/2017
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    Absolutely and unequivocally a HUGE mistake. This will have international consequences and proves beyond a reasonable doubt this man is unfit for office. Quit enabling him and remove him!

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  • Catherine
    12/07/2017
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    It makes no sense for him to do this now unless this is an attempt at a distraction because Mueller is getting too close to him. If this is supposed to fulfill a campaign promise, what about his biggest campaign promise - “the wall”. You don’t hear him pushing for his wall anymore. Trump will bring on a nuclear war with North Korea and destabilize the Middle East to try and protect himself from the Russian investigation.

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  • Michele
    12/07/2017
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    Just when I thought he could sink no lower. His highness does his best to create a holy war that will have serious consequences for Americans.

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  • Robert
    12/07/2017
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    Against the recommendations of all our allies (save one) and the advice of other nations not our allies, Trump made a decision in order to fulfill a campaign promise that was unpopular to most Americans! He then went on to sign the waiver that does not move the embassy to Jerusalem just yet! So in effect all he did was cause disruption in the Middle East, bolstered Netanyahu who continues to build settlements in occupied territory, and set the stagnant peace process on a backward course. Wonderful!

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    12/07/2017
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    Who is Donald Trump to make this recognition of Jerusalem as the state capital? How much will it cost each individual taxpayer to build an entirely new Embassy in Jerusalem? I may respect Trump and his family more, if they agree to pay for the new Embassy out of their own pockets. They can ask their cousins, the Koch’s to chip in, as well.

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  • Kerri
    12/07/2017
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    Thank you President Trump.🇮🇱🇺🇸

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  • Dennis
    12/07/2017
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    I am very concerned. A bad pandering campaign promise, as official US foreign policy, Trump’s decision is ignorant and potentially disastrous. Peace efforts—so critical to Middle East stability—will doubtless be significantly set back. World opinion is almost universal in its condemnation. Yet another reckless insult to all Muslims. And more violence is likely. I can’t imagine a less wise decision, especially given the current level of tension throughout the world. All to satisfy an ill advised campaign promise. Really!

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  • Curt
    12/07/2017
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    Israel claimed Jerusalem during the 6 day war. The largest issue with radicalized Islamists is the USA’s agreeing with Israel no matter what. When leaders of country’s around Israel ask the President not to do something that might cause more killings and terrorist attacks, that President should listen. It is like Trump wants an increase in terrorist.

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  • Sergeant
    12/07/2017
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    Many of these comments show the breakdown of our public school system. Many don’t know anything about our history or what the constitution says the Presidents job is. Don’t they know that congress passed a law in 95 ordering the Presidents to move out embassy to Jerusalem? Do they know that the UN created Israel in 48 and 5 Arab nations attacked her and they lost Jerusalem but in 67 regained control. Don’t they know?

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  • Truly
    12/07/2017
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    Let’s see if he can find it on a map. If it takes him more than 10 minutes, he can’t make a decision about it.

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  • Beth
    12/07/2017
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    At this point I am terrified. This latest move by Donald Trump shows that he has no understanding of how the Middle East works. I ask my Senators and Congressman to please block any effort by Donald Trump to move our embassy to Jerusalem. The entire world is against this. Most of us in this country are against it. Do not let it happen.

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  • SneakyPete
    12/07/2017
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    Finally, in contrast to Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, President Trump insisted that he was "delivering" on a promise in accordance with a 1995 law, the Jerusalem Embassy Act, he declared America's intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This law was passed during the 42d US President, William Clinton BUT was not implemented by other Presidents until President Trump 6 November 20@7 as he promised he would during the 2016 election campaign.

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  • Dumbeuropean
    12/07/2017
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    Self appointed King Trump thinks he has the authority to name the capital of another country ??! Is Nero is role model ? Is he trying to incite more anger in the Middle East ?? I have come to the conclusion that he is suffering from dementia ! This is so not right !

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