President Donald Trump continues to ignore glaring issues with the policy updates he’s been presenting. This week marks the one year anniversary of the United States opening their new embassy in Jerusalem, having moved their base of operations there from Tel Aviv, which has long been the standard locale for such international government operations in Israel. Trump marked the anniversary with a self-congratulatory Twitter message, completely ignoring the security ramifications and even human rights implications of the move.
‘Today marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. Our beautiful embassy stands as a proud reminder of our strong relationship with Israel and of the importance of keeping a promise and standing for the truth.’
To be more specific — and accurate — the embassy is a symbol of the Trump administration’s close relationship with the current far-right leadership in Israel, which is helmed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem came with the United States recognizing the city as the capital of Israel — and steamrolling over the continued issues in the situation, where Palestinians also have a claim to the land. Trump’s suggestion that the move constitutes a “truth” suggests that he does not recognize any of the Palestinians’ aims for basic rights in Jerusalem and he believes the “truth” to be that the Israelis should lord over them.
Protests that turned violent erupted after the United States made its move towards Jerusalem, but Trump, of course, didn’t mention that part. There’s been chatter about his team moving forward with a peace plan for the area, but they had people like the spectacularly inexperienced Jared Kushner on the scene, and to the surprise of no doubt very few, no deal has actually yet emerged. All we’ve got is Trump palling around with Netanyahu, who he had in D.C. recently for a far-right love-fest, and these tweets.
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