During one of the most politically-divided times in our nation’s recent history, as the country braces for an Alabamian senate seat showdown, the Trump Administration has announced its bold decision to relocate its embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While this choice was met with inevitable scrutiny from the United Nations to London, the announcement was nothing less of paramount and shrewd. Here’s why:
Throughout America’s recent presidential administrations, leaders from Clinton, Bush, and Obama have promised a reckoning to the international community, stemming from one of the most complex, confusing puzzles of American foreign policy: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Yes, it has its own Wikipedia page. Yet after years of campaign-trail promises, and poignant talking points for the ironic cry of “peace”, these leaders have rolled the ball for another President, another era. Furthermore, these leaders have largely ignored the legislation and provisions, which have been set forth by the Congress of the United States, citing “national security” as their invisibility cloak, avoiding the political repercussions and utilizing a lack of leadership, and therefore responsibility, as such.
But, when discussing the politics of the decade-old Middle Eastern kerfuffle, it is critical to avoid the common mistake of “ambient noise”, which multiple administrations have seized, and listen to both, the American people and the citizens of the aforementioned nations. First, delve into the beginnings of the American involvement in this conflict. In 1995, the 104th Congress overwhelmingly passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act”, which stipulated that Jerusalem, which is the epicenter of the Abrahamic religions including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is the rightful capital of the Jewish State of Israel. As bizarre as it may seem, the dispute that has taken a toll on thousands of Israeli and Palestinian nationals, originates from the “it said-it said” on who “owns” Jerusalem. It roots from a socio-cultural religious “bond”, a territorial dominance of the sorts. If you have every visited the sacred city, you can “feel” the tension, a sociological clash, and it was certainly present, subsequent to the Trump Administration’s announcement. In addition, after the war in 1967, or the Six Day War, the Israelis took control over the Israeli mainland, the terror “hot-bed”, Gaza, and the long-disputed West Bank, which further precipitated tensions because of the non-centralized government in both, Gaza and the West Bank. One of the reasons why Mr. Trump’s decision was beneficial, naming the holy city as capital, was to preserve the notion of democracy, a system of government that has served this great nation tremendously, since the initial manuscript of our Constitution. Both, Gaza and the West Bank, only maintain “de facto” governments, as Hamas, the Islamic Extremist group harbors Gaza’s leadership, and the Palestinian Authority’s effect in the West Bank is slim.
These are the simple reasons as to why the Trump Administration’s move only led the international arena, particularly Israel and Palestine, closer to a bilateral consensus. The long-talked about “Two-State Solution” can solely be achieved if Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. As Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, made rounds on numerous Sunday shows, she told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “What this does is just say what’s real- Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel.” And she’s absolutely right. Not only is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, the Supreme Court, the President, and the Legislature’s chamber is located in the holy city. It is of utmost importance that Jared Kushner, Special Adviser to the President, who has been “de facto” tapped to lead the United States’ efforts to secure peace and prosperity in the quarreled region, proceeds on the front of a “two-state solution”, whereby Gaza, which is blockaded by Israeli Defense Forces, is annexed by the state of Israel, while simultaneously “acquiescing” to Palestine’s “requests”, by allowing the state to maintain jurisdiction over the West Bank. Furthermore, Mr. Kushner must pave the trajectory for peace through the oversight of both states’ interests, in order to seamlessly integrate a fruitful negotiation process.
These changes are essential, as failure for this ever-existing crisis is not an option. The region in question would face consequences of an unprecedented proportion, either the Jewish State of Israel would be overpowered by a Palestinian state at-large, which would pose an existential crisis for Jewish individuals, and geopolitics, as a whole, or Israel would dominate the Palestinian people, disenfranchising them by limiting their voting status, which would also send global shockwaves; Neither one of these options is a solution. As Nikki Haley told Fox News’ Chris Wallace, “If we are honest, if we tell the truth, that’s when peace comes.”