World Doesn't End after Trump Recognizes Jerusalem

(Times of Israel) Dr. Mitchell Bard - After decades of threats intimidated Trump's predecessors and other world leaders to pretend Jerusalem is not Israel's capital, it turned out that even the Palestinians couldn't manage much fury. The demonstrations in Jerusalem were more severe after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount in July. While some people may still hate Jews and wish Israel would disappear, most have accepted that after 70 years Israel is here to stay. Apart from Iran and radical Muslim terror groups such as Hamas and Hizbullah, no one is interested in waging war against Israel. For decades now, the Arab states have done little more than pay lip service to the Palestinian cause. They will vote with them at the UN, which costs nothing, but they have grown tired of financing their corrupt leaders. Other nations should follow America's example. This will do more for peace because it will disabuse the Palestinians of the delusion that they will get a state along the '67 lines with Jerusalem as their capital. The writer is executive director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and director of the Jewish Virtual Library.

2017-12-15 00:00:00

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