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Trump Needs to Start Building the Embassy in Jerusalem or ‘It Will Never Be Built’

What’s going on?

A lot. President Donald Trump started an international ruckus earlier this month with the simple announcement that the U.S. was officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. That decision is the first step in moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a city that is a source of controversy between Israelis and Palestinians, both of which have laid claim to it.

How is the rest of the world responding?

The United Nations denounced Trump’s decision with a demand that the U.S. rescind its official recognition of Jerusalem. U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley refused to do so, vetoing the U.N. resolution that re-established the view that no country should place an embassy in Jerusalem.

What else should I know?

Vice President Mike Pence had been planning to take a trip to Egypt and Israel, but the trip has been postponed until sometime in mid-January.

The White House said the delay is so Pence can be in Washington in case he needs to be a tie-breaker vote on the GOP’s tax reform bill … and definitely not because of the unrest in the Middle East after Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem. But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas canceled a planned meeting with Pence after Trump’s address along with Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in Egypt.

Glenn’s take:

It’s shameful that U.S. allies have not had “the backbone” to stand with America and Israel for the true capital of Israel, but America must do the right thing anyway.

“Please, Mr. President, begin building the embassy or it will never be built,” Glenn said.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: The United States is the only country in the world willing to stand up for Israel.

Almost two weeks ago, President Trump announced that the U.S. would finally follow its own 22-year-old law by relocating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s actual capital city of Jerusalem. The announcement brought round-the-clock anger from Middle Eastern Muslim countries and rock-throwing by Palestinians.

Shamefully, none of America’s allies had the backbone to stand with the U.S.

The next move by the angry Arab world was a UN resolution, initiated by Egypt, which did not technically name the U.S. or Trump, but expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.” The resolution called these “decisions” null and void and received approval from the rest of the 15-member Security Council. It also called on all nations not to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

For all the world’s talk about diversity, inclusion, and rooting out all kinds of isms, there is one form of discrimination that still gets unanimous UN approval – anti-Semitism. That is ironic for a “peaceful” international organization that was born out of the ashes of World War II.

So far, the Trump administration is standing firm. Yesterday, for the first time since 2011, the U.S. used its veto power to veto the Security Council resolution. The U.S. has veto power as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the U.S. used the veto to defend American sovereignty and its commitment to the Middle East peace process. She called the resolution “an insult,” adding that the rest of the Security Council should be embarrassed for supporting it.

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to travel to the Middle East today, but the trip has been delayed until January, in part because of the Arab world’s temper tantrum. In a shocking development that no one saw coming, Palestinian officials canceled their plans to meet with Pence. Is it just me, or do moves like that from the Palestinians fail to indicate much interest in an actual peace process?

President Trump has not had a great year domestically, but he deserves credit for sticking by Israel when the rest of the world seems to be against them.

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