Dec. 20, 2017
Ahead of a UN General Assembly vote this week on a resolution urging the Trump administration to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wrote Tuesdayon Twitter: “At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.” (The Hill)
See also Haley’s Letter to UN Members: “The President and the U.S. Take This Vote Personally” – Noa Landau
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wrote to members of the UN General Assembly: “As you know, the General Assembly is considering a resolution about President Trump’s recent decision on Jerusalem. As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the U.S. take this vote personally.” Haley said the U.S. was “simply asking you acknowledge the historical friendship, partnership, and support we have extended and respect our decision about our embassy.” (Ha’aretz)
See also Nikki Haley Puts UN on Notice – Somini Sengupta
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a stark warning on Friday that the Trump administration would hold to account those who do not back the U.S. “You’re going to see a change in the way we do business,” Haley said. “Our goal with the administration is to show value at the UN, and the way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure our allies have our back as well. For those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names; we will make points to respond to that accordingly.” (New York Times)
We have yearned for Jerusalem for two millennia. It is the source of our strength, the place where our people was formed, where the Bible was written. Jews made pilgrimage to Jerusalem for a thousand years. With the exception of one small party, there is wall-to-wall agreement among the Zionist parties in the Knesset supporting the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
The world’s superpower finally did the right thing, and some opposed it – not on the principle, but on the “timing.” Two thousand years later and it is still not the right time? There were critics who accused the civil rights movement of moving too quickly. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s response: “The time is always ripe to do what is right….We must come to see that justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
Israel’s opponents have so distorted history that so many around the world question the very legitimacy of Jewish ties to Zion and Jerusalem. Judaism without Eretz Yisrael is not Judaism. Judaism without Jerusalem is not Judaism.
This is not to deny that others consider Jerusalem holy. But peace will never rise on foundations of sand. Any agreement will collapse if constructed on a scaffolding of lies. President Trump simply acknowledged reality. It is about time. It should have been done decades ago.
We should urge the international community to disabuse the Palestinian national movement of its exaggerated expectations and its insidious efforts to undermine and erase our connection to Zion. Until that happens, peace is an illusion. The writer is senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York and former executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America/World Union for Progressive Judaism. (JTA)
Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Is a Welcome, Symbolic Move – Dr. Colin Rubenstein
Imagine if no other country was prepared to accept that Canberra is our capital, to keep happy a neighbor with more international support and a habit of issuing violent threats. Instead, they all site their embassies in Melbourne, and maintain that is the capital. That was Israel’s situation until Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital.
It just acknowledges the facts. Israel does have its capital in west Jerusalem, which has been part of Israel since its inception in 1948, and no one who accepts Israel’s right to exist argues that it won’t remain Israel’s capital in any future peace deal. Israel doesn’t deserve different treatment to every other country. The writer is executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council. (WAtoday-Perth, Australia)