Trump Makes Good on His Pledge, Recognizes

Jerusalem as Israel's Capital


For a while it looked in doubt, but President Trump made good on his campaign pledge Wednesday, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

Other presidential candidates have made similar pledges and then backed down once in office. Trump, for all his deficiencies in other areas, kept his promise on Jerusalem.

What remains to be seen is the reaction from the Arab street. So far, Thursday morning in Israel is quiet. There are plans for emergency meetings at the United Nations and the Arab League but those are political arenas.

Mahmoud Abbas has called for "days of rage" but we will see just how angry the average Palestinian is about an official affirmation that has been clear for a long time. Jerusalem is Israel's capital, and has been since the times of King David. That's clear to Israelis and clear to President Trump. Now it will become clear to everyone else.

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