We get it each presidential election cycle: campaign promises that evaporate after the party is over.
This year, a particularly annoying promise is again sure to be broken.
“I will move America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem!”
No, you won’t.
In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act. It required the U.S. embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999.
We’re still waiting. Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have each issued waivers of the Act, ensuring that American officials pretend Jerusalem is not Israel’s capitol, so as not to offend the Palestinians during the ongoing Oslo charade.
Yet each election cycle, candidates (usually on the Republican side, although Hillary Clinton during her Senate run in 1999 told a wealthy backer that she would support the move of the embassy) promise to be the president who will move it.
I don’t believe any of them.
Ironically, if one were to do it, it would be a maverick like Donald Trump. Sadly, I can’t believe the Republican candidate considered to be closest to a true conservative (and who identifies as a Christian supporter of Israel), Ted Cruz.
I think Ted Cruz would not lift a finger to move the embassy. He just wants votes.
Since 1967, American administrations have pretended that the Palestinians would live in peace with the Israelis, if only they had their own state. Yet polling data consistently shows that upwards of two-thirds of Palestinians support violence against Israel. Two Palestinian Authority leaders — Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas — have refused Israeli proposals that place the Jewish state’s security at risk by agreeing to borders and a Palestinian capitol in east Jerusalem.
A Palestinian state.
Jihadists who hold international diplomacy hostage would be taken down a peg or 30 if Western leaders had the courage of moral conviction by moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing fully the legitimacy of the state of Israel.
Our current leaders do not have it. And there is no one on the horizon.