Many are praising President Donald Trump’s historic announcement on Israel, a statement that served as a marked contrast to what President Barack Obama spent last Christmas doing to our strongest ally in the Middle East.
“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said Wednesday. “Acknowledging this is a fact, is a necessary condition for achieving peace.”
Trump’s decision comes just one year after Obama made a despicable move in December of 2016 to disrespect and humiliate our allies.
As reported by CNN last year, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution — with the acquiescence of the Obama administration — that declared East Jerusalem a territory occupied by Israel, rather than part of the country of Israel itself.
Obama’s decision to abstain from a vote was a huge sign of disrespect toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who at the time tried to work with the U.S. to not allow the vote to go forward.
“The Security Council approved the resolution with 14 votes, with the US abstaining. There was applause in the chamber following the vote, which represented perhaps the final bitter chapter in the years of antagonism between President Barack Obama’s administration and Netanyahu’s government,” CNN reported.
After the vote, Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon blasted Obama and his administration’s decision to side with the anti-Israel United Nations and said he looked forward to then President-elect Donald Trump taking office.
“It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution. I have no doubt that the new US administration and the incoming UN Secretary General will usher in a new era in terms of the UN’s relationship with Israel,” Danon said at the time.
Further proving how detrimental Obama’s decision was, the terrorist-supporting Palestinians were thrilled that the U.N. had voted against Israel.
“This is a victory for the people and for the cause, and it opens doors wide for the demand of sanctions on settlements,” said Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader.
After years of Obama supporting nations who fund terrorists groups across the Middle East, Trump has made it clear that the U.S. stands with Israel.
Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may take a few years, but it shows that Trump is honoring a major campaign promise that will strengthen the United States’ already strong relationship with the Jewish state.
While Obama spent eight years trashing and working against Israel, Trump is making unprecedented moves to help the country.
Israel has learned that it now has a true friend in the White House, and this historic move by Trump solidifies Israel’s position as owner and ruler of the holy city.
With Trump’s decision, Israelis will have something positive to celebrate this holiday season.