President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol, thus beginning the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise praised the decision during an interview on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.”
“We had eight years of Barrack Obama cutting deals with Iran, isolating our great ally Israel,” Scalise said. “and it really did cause a weakening of the relationship and a weakening of the ability to get peace. Because if you’re tilting the scale in favor of Palestinians at the expense of Israel, that set us back.”
“President Trump has reset that,” Scalise continued “and I think shown he is willing to back up our allies, and in this case, enforce the law — the federal law for over 20 years that has said that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem. […] “When a terrorist organization like Hamas is criticizing it, then maybe he’s on the right track.”
The Hill reports:
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Wednesday praised President Trump for his expected announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, arguing that if the militant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas disapproves of the decision then Trump is doing something right […]
Trump is expected to make the announcement later on Wednesday. White House officials told reporters on Tuesday the president will declare that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital, but will delay moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv. However, Trump will direct the State Department to begin the process of the move.
Jerusalem is at the center of a dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians over who has rightful claim to the holy city. Trump’s move would go against the precedent set by previous presidents despite Israel’s longtime push for the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as its capital. Palestine has long said Jerusalem should be set aside for a future Palestinian state.
Past presidents have said the status of the city, which has a number of holy site for multiple religions, must be decided through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
The terrorist group Hamas called for a “day of rage” on Friday in response to the decision. It also called for “Palestinian resistance” in the West Bank to curb the “desecration” of Jerusalem.
Fox News reports:
The group, designated a terrorist organization by the U.S., encouraged Palestinians in an official Arabic statement to send a message “with all available means” to Israel after the upcoming Friday prayers.
It added that making Jerusalem the Israeli capital was crossing a “red line.”
“We call on the people of Palestine to declare ‘rage day’ on Friday against Israel, denying the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” the statement read.
It added: “The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available to the U.S. decision that harms our Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line and the resistance will not allow any desecration of it.”
Senior Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh also called upon people to stand against efforts to “Judaize” Jerusalem, according to the official group account in Arabic.
Scalice makes an excellent point by saying when Hamas is against you, you’re probably doing the right thing.
Furthermore, he brushes off their “day of rage” as just more of the same. “They’ve had days of rage for years,” Scalice said.
It should come as no surprise that Hamas is opposed to recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of a country it seeks to completely destroy.
Hamas doesn’t believe Israel should exist at all, let alone recognize Israel’s longstanding designation of Jerusalem as its capitol.