President Donald Trump has been both praised and criticized for his decision this week to formally recognize Jerusalem, a site of tension for Israelis and Palestinians, as the capital of Israel.
“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said. “It was also the right thing to do.”
Glenn praised Trump’s fortitude in being able to make a decision on Jerusalem, something past presidents have been delaying for decades, but he also offered a caveat: Trump’s words must translate into action by moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“He’s got to move the embassy,” Glenn said. “You’ve got to move the embassy, and you’ve got to move it before he’s out of office.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Two words I can’t believe I’m saying them today, Donald Trump delivered. And here’s why I can’t believe I’m saying this.
STU: Three words, technically. I just want to —
GLENN: Yeah, sorry. Trump delivered. I’m not good with math. The reason why I can’t believe it is, you know, I’m going to call him out when he’s wrong. I’m going to call them as I see them, and I’ll praise him when he’s right. There’s no way in hell — I think on record, there’s no way in hell he’s going to do any of this with Israel. He did it. He formerly recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and vowed to move the US embassy to the holy city of Jerusalem.
DONALD: Through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have declined to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact, we have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital at all.
But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.
GLENN: Okay. All right. That’s — that’s — it’s going to end the same way as the Ronald Reagan thing did. Either in horrific flames of fire, or really good things. Ronald Reagan stepped to the plate and said, this is an evil empire. It needs to be destroyed.
That was a pretty brave and bold statement to make. And pretty controversial. This is the same kind of statement. Very brave move. One that he’s going to be praised for and vilified for. I’m glad he did it.
Now, dash of skepticism. It really means nothing more than the Bear Ears memorial that Obama set up, if he doesn’t actually move the embassy. He’s got to move the embassy. Because otherwise, the next president can come in, yeah, he was crazy.
So you got to move the embassy. And you got to move it before he’s out of office. Which, God knows, it could be another six years. It could be tomorrow. We don’t know. So he’s got to move the embassy. But as of yesterday, I stand corrected, and I’m happy to have been wrong on this one.