Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital: Trump's Shock to the System

(Ynet News) Maj.-Gen. (res.) Gershon HaCohen - With his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Trump has abandoned the idea of pursuing the same dead-end peace plans promoted by his predecessors. Instead, he sought to shake up the system in a highly calculated manner. Trump, in essence, realized that the current situation is leading nowhere, and threw a rock into the water to see how the system would rearrange itself. This is similar to a military tactic seeking to get an enemy to give up its position, by sending a forward reconnaissance unit, provoking enemy fire, and mapping out its position. Trump understood what his predecessors did not. After the mass terrorism of the second intifada, and the conversion of Gaza into an enemy Hamas territory after Israel's withdrawal from it, Israeli society no longer believes in the idea of giving land for stability, or in the ability of the U.S. to supervise and guard this stability. With recognition of Jerusalem, Trump closed the door to future blackmail and demands from the Palestinian side, which is welcome news indeed for Israel. The writer served in the IDF for 42 years, commanding troops in battle on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts.

2018-01-12 00:00:00

Full Article


Visit the Daily Alert Archive