Dec. 23, 2016
Draining the Swamp – Richard Baehr (Israel Hayom)
The term “drain the swamp” should apply to the stale thinking that has permeated diplomacy in the Middle East for decades, enabling nonsensical beliefs to remain accepted and unchallenged.
It is worth examining some of the long-running issues that Trump should move on, which really belong in the dustbin of history.
The U.S. Embassy belongs in Jerusalem. Maintaining an embassy in a city that is not a country’s capital is something not done in any other country in the world.
Refusing to recognize that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital until the Palestinians give their approval in essence allows them to define the terms for Israel’s capital.
Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995. Presidents have exercised waivers every year because of fear that all hell would break loose with the Palestinians and their Arab and Muslim allies.
Will the Arab world go ballistic if the U.S. makes this move, or are there bigger problems for them to deal with at the moment for which they may need American assistance?