Our President Has A Courage Button!
From the chair – Today the President of the United States announced the U.S. has officially activated the process of transferring our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is an extraordinarily courageous action.
Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel by the U.S. under the Clinton administration. Action steps have been postponed on a repetitive six-month cycle in the intervening years – largely in the name of preserving middle-east peace potentials. With this action President Trump has reintroduced realism into a peace equation that has been long characterized by postponement and insincerity.
It would by our suggestion that we have a Republican President who understands the crucial difference in substance, subterfuge and symbolism – and which tool to apply when – and where it should be applied.
In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a process that officials say will take at least three years.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”
Trump said: “My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Predictably, the Muslim community has responded with a unified call to accelerate the violence that has persistently characterized their side of the peace equation. In doing so, they have validated the President’s position – demonstrated in his actions on the Paris Climate Accords, NAFTA and N. Korea – that there is a difference in authentic negotiations and political maneuvering to advance power agendas.
In coming days there will be plenty to watch and read on the President’s action. For now, the BCGOP would like to give you three short conservative takes on this unprecedented event –
Complaining the President is encouraging violence in the Muslim world is like complaining a carpenter is encouraging hunger in a termite colony. Anger and violence are addictive and never a navigable path to peace.
If the Palestinians were to be disarmed we would have peace. If the Israelis were to be disarmed we would have genocide. That sums up the absurdity of current middle-east peace process pretense.
In assessing the intent of the opposition, we are free to rely on hope, words and/or positive thinking. In the end, history tells us that the only reliable measure of sincerity is behavior – and that action is the only realistic foundation for change.
If prayer be in your heart, please pray for our President. If wisdom be in your mind, please speak up for him. If action be in your hand, please find a way to stand behind him…