Following President Trump’s Wednesday announcement that the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol, Jerusalem’s mayor projected images of the U.S. flag and the Israeli flag side by side onto the wall of the old city.
Mayor Nir Barkat displayed the flags to show gratitude for President Trump’s decision to begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
The Daily Wire reports:
“[Trump’s announcement] is a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the US stands with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem,” Barkat said. “As a gesture and expression of the courageous friendship between the American people and the people of Israel, we decided to project the American and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, the ultimate symbol of the strength of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem for over 3,000 years.”
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a powerful statement expressing his appreciation of Trump’s support for Israel and decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Its rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said.
Yet today’s pronouncement by President Trump, is such an occasion. We’re profoundly greatful for the president for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, and to prepare for the opening of the US. embassy here. This decision reflects the President’s commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises, and to advancing peace. The president’s decision is an important step towards peace. For this is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capitol of the state of Israel. […] President Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol. The Jewish people and the jewish state will be forever grateful.
Netanyahu also included the images of the Israeli and American flags side by side in his tweet.
This is a historic day. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years. Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. Thank you, @realDonaldTrump! 🇮🇱🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/mWCUpUMpiC
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 6, 2017
Trump’s decision put a stop to longstanding official American foreign policy which refused to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, though it’s otherwise unheard of for the U.S. to ignore a sovereign state’s own declarations of what its capitol city is.
Some worry that recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel will disturb the peace process. Yet even under a two-state solution, there is no cooperative plan which doesn’t set Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol. Furthermore, there should be no reason why Jerusalem cannot be recognized, also, as the capitol of any future Palestinian entity.
It’s true that the terrorist organization Hamas opposes Trump’s decision. Yet their goal is not simply to refuse Jerusalem as the rightful capitol city of Israel. There goal is, and has always been, the total destruction of the entire nation of Israel.
The strange behavior of past administrations portrayed America as a two-faced ally that refused to get too close to one friend, in case it should further upset an enemy.
Yet peace in the region is still our and Israel’s goal. Changing course, and refusing to further isolate our ally Israel, will not extinguish any plan for peace. It will promote it.