Report: Trump to Announce U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem Monday

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Breitbart, byJoel B. Pollak, Jnuary 22, 2017:

Numerous unconfirmed reports are circulating in the international media that President Donald Trump intends announcing Monday that he will relocate the U.S. embassy to Israel from the coastal city of Tel Aviv to the capital city of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital city since its founding in 1948, but most countries have deferred moving the embassy there because the original UN partition plan for the British Mandate proposed Jerusalem as a city under international sovereignty.

Jordan, the Palestinians, and all surrounding Arab nations rejected the UN plan, and the Jordanian army took over the eastern half of Jerusalem in 1948, expelling the Jewish inhabitants of the Old City, where Jews had lived for several millennia.

With that part of the UN plan effectively rejected by Jordan and the Arab world, Israel established its capital in western Jerusalem. Though Palestinians, in theory, claim all of Jerusalem for themselves, the part of Jerusalem west of the 1949 armistice line (the “1967 lines,” or the “Green Line”) will unquestionably remain part of Israel in any peace agreement.

The core of the Arab and Muslim rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a rejection of Jewish claims to religious and historical connection to the city itself. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat once turned down an offer of shared sovereignty over the Temple Mount because, as he told then-President Bill Clinton, he saw the Jewish claim to the holy site as fictitious.

In 1995, Congress mandated that the U.S. move the embassy to Israel through the Jerusalem Embassy Act. The law, however, contained a waiver that allowed the president to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv, acknowledging the supremacy of the executive in determining the foreign policy of the U.S. Trump’s pledge on Monday — if it comes to fruition — would decline that waiver.

Opponents of the decision to move the embassy have warned that it would set off violence in the Arab world. But it would also inspire joyful celebrations in Israel and around the world, as the U.S. would likely inspire other countries to follow its example, and would help Israel cement its national vision of “a free nation in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.”

At the inaugural ceremony itself, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles stressed the themes of Zion and Jerusalem, quoting from Psalm 137:5: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.”

President Trump was scheduled to speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayhu by telephone on Sunday afternoon.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. His new book, How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

2 thoughts on “Report: Trump to Announce U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem Monday

  1. Israel is the country with the land it held in 1948, approved and declared by civilization at that time. The West Bank and Gaza are Palestinian-occupied Israel.
    The picture of the flags is worth two thousand words-no limiting gold fringe, no advisory flag! Somebody knows what should be done and is doing it.

  2. Night Journey/ Laylat al Isra

    Abbas, so called Palestinians and Muslims claim for Jerusalem as their third holiest place is founded on the interpretation of the following ambiguous verse.

    Why should this imaginary ‘third holiest place’ for Muslims supersede the FACT that Jerusalem is the first and only holiest place for Jews and most Christians?

    Are these interpretations true? Factual? Historical?

    The story of the Night Journey is copied – like most of the important stories in the Quran – from the traditions of the Jews regarding the Ascent of Moses to the Seven Heavens and visiting Paradise and Hell from Midrash Gedullat Mosheh.

    There is in fact an Arabic translation of this Midrash in the Berlin library.

    Muhammad in his Quran changed several items to suit the Arabian mind.

    Isra is the name of Surah 17 which is also called Bani Isra’il, (The Children of Israel). It is the alleged Nocturnal Journey from Mecca to the Farthest Mosque mentioned in:

    Bani Israil 17:1 “Glory to (Allah) Who did take His Servant for journey [Asra/Travel] by night from the Sacred Mosque [Masjid al Haram] to the Farthest Mosque [Masjid al Aqsa] whose precincts We did Bless in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the one Who heareth and seeth (all things)”

    Even the obvious should be pointed out to the readers, that the name of JERUSALEM is NOT EVEN ONCE mentioned anywhere in the Quran.

    Jerusalem, on the other hand, is mentioned 667 times in the Bible.

    This alleged ‘event’, is described in

    Bukhari Hadith 1:345 “[Gabriel took Muhammad by hand to the first Heaven]” where there is no mention of Jerusalem.

    Bukhari Hadith 5:227 & 4:429 “[Gabriel & Buraq go to first Heaven]” again, there is no mention of Jerusalem.

    Bukhari Hadith 9:608 “[Gabriel took Muhammad by hand to first Heaven]” yet once more, there is no mention of Jerusalem.

    The explanation of this Aya/Verse is found first and foremost in the ONLY biography of Muhammad written by Muhammad Ibn Ishaq in his book Sirat Rassool Allah.

    He informs us with great honesty, on the authority of Muhammad’s premier wife Aisha, that his body never left her side and that he was only transported spiritually.

    This is corroborated by the Qarawiyun Library Manuscript in Fez, Morocco, where it repeats that Aisha the Prophet’s wife and most intimate companion of his later years, declared emphatically that

    “he (Muhammad) was transported in his spirit (bi-ruhihi), while his body did not leave its place”

    Also, the great Al-Hasan al-Basri, who belonged to the next generation, held uncompromisingly to the same view.

    In another version in (section 267 p 184), it is Hind, Umm Hani d. of Abu Talib, Muhammad’s cousin and sister of Ali that relates concerning the Night Journey:

    “The apostle went on NO Night Journey except while he was in my house. He slept that night in my house. He prayed the final night prayer and he slept and we slept there. ….”

    A few traditions assert that this may have been a PHYSICAL ascent, as affirmed by:

    Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.228 Narrated by Ibn Abbas

    The sights which Allah’s Apostle was shown on the Night Journey when he was taken to Bait-ul-Maqdis (i.e. Jerusalem) were actual sights, (not dreams). And the Cursed Tree (mentioned) in the Qur’an is the tree of Zaqqum (itself).

    Whose version should one trust, that of the wife who slept with him or of his companions who were not present?

    Neither the Quran – which did not allow for a single miracle to be performed – nor Muhammad, ever declared that it was a miracle.

    The most damning and damaging evidence against this concocted story is the historical and incontrovertible fact, that there was no Masjid (Mosque) or Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem at the time of Muhammad, since this Temple had already been destroyed by the Romans at least 580 years earlier; hence the verse could not possibly and realistically have meant Jerusalem.

    It was the companions of Muhammad who, after his death, expressed the erroneous, falsified and unsubstantiated opinion, and later the dogma by creating a MYTHOLOGY assuming a real physical transport to Jerusalem, in spite of the fact, that not one of the Ahadith above, mentions any intermediate ‘landing’ at Jerusalem but a direct ‘flight’ from Mecca to the first Heaven only.

    This ‘tradition’ too, would have been a copy from the Jewish traditions regarding Jacob and Moses visiting the Seven Heavens.

    Why is not a single person asking these questions from
    Abbas, so called Palestinians and Muslims?

    Any challengers?

    IQ al Rassooli
    Kafir & Proud!

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