(It is so simple – and it will put President Trump in history books!)
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. It was passed for the purposes of initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no later than May 31, 1999.
The act also called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and for it to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.
The proposed law was adopted by the Senate (93–5), and the House (374–37).
Since passage, the law has never been implemented, because of opposition from Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, who view it as a Congressional infringement on the executive branch's constitutional authority over foreign policy; they have consistently claimed the presidential waiver on national security interests.
Advocacy for the Jerusalem Embassy Act asserted that every country has a right to designate the capital of its choice, and that Israel has designated Jerusalem. The act notes that "the city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions." Jerusalem is defined as the spiritual center of Judaism. Furthermore, it stipulates that since the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, religious freedom has been guaranteed to all.
Since 1998, the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv has been suspended by the sitting President semi-annually based on national security concerns. Obama issued his last waiver in June, following in the footsteps of predecessors Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (Will President Obama do it again in January, or chose to make history? The question we must ask now will President Trump join the ranks of hypocritical and anti-Semitic US Presidents, who served before him, or will be true to his word and make the history by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem?)
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
According to many military experts, Israel is the 4th greatest military power in the world. The government of Israel must realise it and act accordingly - with self-respect and Zionist determination! The change is coming – Israel must be ready and become active participant and facilitator of its destiny!
Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, told Benjamin Netanyahu that terrorism threatens Israel in a "very unique way." But Russia also suffers from terror with what he called "common roots," he added at a meeting in Jerusalem. "This is why there is a need to fight terror together."
Researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have identified a protein called Gammora that they say can reduce HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, in infected patients by 97 percent. (This long awaited ‘good news’ is not reported and welcomed by supposing liberal but anti-Semitic world press)
The United Nations special rapporteur to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza said that he was "very concerned" by Israel's use of live fire in dealing with Arab terrorists during stabbing attacks. More than 200 Arab terrorists have been eliminated during attacks on Jews since October 2015. Dozens of Israelis have been murdered by such terrorists in the same period. Israel has dismissed allegations of excessive force in most cases, saying its officers do only what is necessary to protect lives. (Has the ‘Ugly Nazi’ expressed the same concern about lives of ISIS and Al Qaida terrorists? Israel must stop co-operation with the UN’s ‘special rapporteur’ – no other country has one!)
In the summer of 2014, in the middle of the 50-day Gaza War (Operation Protective Edge), the Obama Administration betrayed its “greatest ally in the Middle East” by suspending arms shipments to Israel, and delaying delivery of US-made Hellfire missiles to Israel. This act of betrayal immediately led to Israel reassessing its views on US aid. The IAF has now modified its Apache helicopters to enable use of Rafael-manufactured air-to-surface missiles alongside US-made Hellfire.
Quote of the Week:
“The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab.” - Eric Hoffer, LA Times, May 26, 1968.
by David Israel
Each of following positions has been discussed with Mr. Trump and the Trump campaign, and most have been stated, in one form or another, by Mr. Trump in various interviews or speeches given by him or on his social media accounts:
1. The unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel is based upon shared values of democracy, freedom of speech, respect for minorities, cherishing life, and the opportunity for all citizens to pursue their dreams.
2. Israel is the state of the Jewish people, who have lived in that land for 3,500 years...
3. Israel is a staunch ally of the US and a key partner in the global war against Islamic Jihadism. Military cooperation and coordination between Israel and the US must continue to grow.
4. The American people value our close friendship and alliance with Israel - culturally, religiously, and politically. While other nations have required U.S. troops to defend them, Israelis have always defended their own country by themselves and only ask for military equipment assistance and diplomatic support to do so. The US does not need to nation-build in Israel or send troops to defend Israel.
5. ...A Trump Administration will ensure that Israel receives maximum military, strategic and tactical cooperation from the United States... Israel and the United States benefit tremendously from what each country brings to the table — the relationship is a two way street.
6. The US should veto any United Nations votes that unfairly single out Israel and will work in international institutions and forums, including in our relations with the European Union, to oppose efforts to delegitimize Israel, impose discriminatory double standards against Israel, or to impose special labelling requirements on Israeli products or boycotts on Israeli goods.
7. The U.S. should cut off funds for the UN Human Rights Council, a body dominated by countries presently run by dictatorships that seems solely devoted to slandering the Jewish State... and is further evidence of the enormous anti-Israel bias of the United Nations.
8. The US should view the effort to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel as inherently anti-Semitic and take strong measures, both diplomatic and legislative, to thwart actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel... The false notion that Israel is an occupier should be rejected.
9. The Trump administration will ask the Justice Department to investigate coordinated attempts on college campuses to intimidate students who support Israel.
10. A two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians appears impossible as long as the Palestinians are unwilling to renounce violence against Israel or recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Additionally, the Palestinians are divided between PA rule in the West Bank and Hamas rule in Gaza so there is not a united Palestinian people who could control a second state. Hamas is a US-designated terrorist organization that actively seeks Israel’s destruction...
11. The Palestinian leadership, including the PA, has undermined any chance for peace with Israel by raising generations of Palestinian children on an educational program of hatred of Israel and Jews...
13. The US cannot support the creation of a new state where terrorism is financially incentivized, terrorists are celebrated by political parties and government institutions, and the corrupt diversion of foreign aid is rampant...
14. The US should support direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians without preconditions, and will oppose all Palestinian, European and other efforts to bypass direct negotiations between parties in favor of an imposed settlement. Any solutions imposed on Israel by outside parties including by the United Nations Security Council, should be opposed...
15. Israel’s maintenance of defensible borders that preserve peace and promote stability in the region is a necessity. Pressure should not be put on Israel to withdraw to borders that make attacks and conflict more likely.
16. The US will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and Mr. Trump’s Administration will move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
17. Despite the Iran Nuclear deal in 2015, the US State Department recently designated Iran, yet again, as the leading state sponsor of terrorism - putting the Middle East particularly, but the whole world at risk by financing, arming, and training terrorist groups operating around the world including Hamas, Hezbollah, and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The US must counteract Iran’s ongoing violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and their noncompliance with past and present sanctions, as well as the agreements they signed, and implement tough, new sanctions when needed to protect the world and Iran’s neighbors from its continuing nuclear and non-nuclear threats.