Today is February 23, 2018 -

What’s up with Jerusalem?

I’ve been fielding calls for the past week and a half on President Trump’s December 6 action on Jerusalem. People are asking what exactly happened and how does it affect us.

In October 1995, Congress said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the U.S. Embassy should move there by May 31, 1999. Every sitting president since 1999 has deferred the relocation, six months at a time.

So what did Trump do on December 6 that is so inflammatory? He said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and he is going to move the embassy there. And then, he went on to sign another six-month deferment for the move.

There are essentially three opinions on Trump’s actions, which I will oversimplify for you:

  1. Left wing: The final status of Jerusalem will be determined in a final peace agreement with the Palestinians. Trump’s announcement hurts the process.
  2. Center/Left: (West) Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but Trump’s statement now is unnecessary and negatively impacts the peace process.
  3. Right wing: Jerusalem is the capital. What peace process? We have not seen peace during the 22 years since 1995, why not try something new.

There is certainly a whole lot more out there to read if interested. Hopefully, this can get you started. Please call me with any questions.

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