Fools Rush In …

Did you hear the news?  United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May just declared that her government will recognize Sioux City, Iowa to be the new capital of the United States!  She has ordered the relocation of the UK’s embassy by the end of December, and the embassy staff are busily preparing for the move.  When asked the reason behind her announcement, Ms. May said that Donald Trump wished it, and as the nation’s leader, he should be able to place the capital wherever he wishes, and that besides, Iowa is considered the heartland of the U.S., and the home to the first party contest, the Iowa Caucuses, in election years.

Okay, that is a ridiculous notion, isn’t it?  And no, it is not true.  Ms. May has far more urgent worries this week than where the U.S. capital should be located.  But apparently, Donald Trump has no other concerns on which to concentrate his efforts than where the Israeli capital should be. Not only that, but apparently he believes that it is his call to make, that his word is final ‘round the globe.

The announcement …

On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump announced …

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering. My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. “

The situation between Israel and Palestine is a powder keg, as is much of the Middle Middle East these days. Donald Trump is no expert on the situation, nor has he had, so we are told, the inclination to read, study or even listen to his foreign policy advisors.

On the campaign trail last year, Trump claimed that he would bring about peace to the Middle East.  I believe it was one of those “only I can do this” brags, but then he went on to say that the ‘blueprint’ for peace in the Middle East could be found in his book, The Art of the Deal, which wasn’t even written by Trump, but rather by ghostwriter Tony Schwartz.

The history …

Jerusalem is a city that is considered sacred to three of the world’s largest monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and each has sites of great religious significance there. It has been fought over for millennia by its inhabitants, by invading Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the British Empire, and by the modern states of Israel and its Arab neighbors.

The problem …

The division of Jerusalem is the most emotional and volatile of all the issues in dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The dispute between Israel and Palestine goes well beyond Jerusalem and well beyond the scope of this post.  Suffice it to say that it is complex, and since it has not been solved in seventy years, despite the efforts of highly knowledgeable and skilled experts in the field of International Relations like Henry Kissinger or benevolent diplomats such as Jimmy Carter, then it goes without saying that Donald Trump, who has likely never read a single book about the Middle East, is not going to solve them.  But he can, no doubt, further stir the fire and make it burn hotter, which is what he may well have done yesterday.

Currently, Jerusalem is the capital of both Israel and Palestine.  Israel has its capital in West Jerusalem, while the Palestinian capital is in East Jerusalem.  While Trump did not specifically state that Jerusalem would be the capital of Israel alone, tensions are high, and he has made enough remarks in the past that implied that to be his goal, thus it may be that the damage was done even before his announcement.

The criticism …

Jordan, France, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Palestine, Morocco, Kuwait, Germany, Arab League, Iraq, Azhar all warned Trump against declaring recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and intent to move the embassy, but of course, he did not listen.

“King Abdullah stressed that the adoption of this resolution will have serious implications for security and stability in the Middle East, and will undermine the efforts of the American administration to resume the peace process and fuel the feelings of Muslims and Christians,” a statement from Amman read.

The Turkish government’s spokesman on Wednesday said that the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into “a fire with no end in sight”.

“A decision such as this is both morally wrong and politically dangerous,” Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, told Today’s WorldView. “Not only is Donald Trump deliberately insulting the Palestinian people, but also Arabs and Muslims around the world. In doing so, he is relinquishing what little credibility the United States had left in a region that is already rife with conflict and division.”

Ayman Odeh, an Arab Israeli lawmaker and head of the third-largest bloc in Israel’s parliament, said, “Trump is a pyromaniac who could set the region on fire with his madness,”

The effect thus far …

Palestinian factions jointly announced three “days of rage,” beginning Wednesday, to protest the potential U.S. Embassy move and recognition of Jerusalem. In a statement, they called on supporters around the world to gather in city centers and at Israeli embassies and consulates to voice their anger.

The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem urged American citizens in Israel to avoid large crowds or areas where security had been increased, and ordered its staff members and their families to avoid Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank except for “essential” business.

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said that the US had effectively abdicated its role as a mediator in the region. The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said: “President Trump just destroyed any policy of a two-state solution.”

The full results are yet to be seen.  I hope that the Turkish prediction of ‘a fire with no end in sight’ is an overstatement, but I am certain that Trump’s declaration will further the unrest in an already upended Middle East.  Trump acted with impunity, but without knowledge, and there will likely be a price to be paid by the U.S., our allies, and the Middle Eastern nations. Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread.

21 thoughts on “Fools Rush In …

  1. Great post! I’m still cynical as to how big of an impact this decision could have – I mean what can the Palestinians do, where are their bargaining chips? I think the following statement is particularly telling in this regard, “Palestinian factions jointly announced three “days of rage”” – in the fact of the most powerful military state in the region (which is backed by the most powerful state to have ever existed), Palestinian leaders remained divided by ‘factions’.

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    • Thank you! I cannot say what the Palestinians can actually do, but I do know that their cooperation will be necessary to achieve any sort of peace in the region. Trump knows less about the situation in the Middle East than my cat does, and his intrusion was most unwelcome by all except Netanyahu.

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  2. Once again, Jill, I think you are underestimating the Fraud of a Human Being. Let me play this out step-by-step for you, if you care to travel into my own devious mind and thoughts:
    !) Delerium Tremens declares he wants to make the world a lasting peace under his watch
    2) Dancing Trampler calls for all Muslim travellers to be banned from the USofA, then publicly plays ping pong with his everchanging stance, but behind the scenes is hellbent on Muslim genocide
    3) Duckazz Terrorist declares Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Claims it will bring peace to the Middle East.
    4) DT the Prognosticator believes stirring up the Middle East will start a Arab-Israeli War that he can step into with his nuclear toys and wipe out the whole region for centuries to come — goodbye Muslims and Jews in one fell fallout swoop.
    5) This causes world war to erupt between what is left of the Arab world including the uprising of American Jews and American Muslims, now suddenly fighting together against the Yankee foe. Just guess who will be using automatic weapons????
    5) Forget that half the Christian world has been blown apart or covered with radiation dust, the Disaster Terminator declares the war over after wiping out all races but white racists and Nazi Revivalists.
    6) Terrible Destroyer pokes his head out of his bunker and sees his shadow, and knows he has accomplished his goal.
    7) Vlad the Putinator finally and personally fires the shot that assassinates Dead Talker, and takes over the world for Russia.
    8) There is finally peace, well, except those protesters who are hauled before the firing squads of the KKK and other white Supremicist groups.
    9) The world, what is left of it, is too sick to fight anymore. World peace has been achieved. Unfortunately, Damned Trumpeter misses his victory party.

    Now, on to my next nightmare… Humans colonize the Moon, the Solar System, and the Uni… Oops, The Vogon Road Crew Destroys the Solar System before humans can contaminate anything…


  3. Hello Jill. I agree with your assessment. Today I watched some news which showed that the republican big money donor Sheldon Adelson Has been both demanding this and putting a large amount of pressure on the White House to make it happen. They were quoting people from inside the administration saying that he was demanding to know what was the hold up with getting it done. I can believe this as he has been a huge supporter of the worst actions of the Israeli government, such as the illegal settlements and land grabs by Israel. Hugs

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    • I hadn’t seen that, but I am not surprised at all! And frankly, while I once respected Netanyahu a great deal, I no longer do. Today, Palestinian spokesperson said that this likely ended any hope for the two-state solution that has long seemed like the best hope for peace between Israel and Palestine. The damage Trump has caused by simply opening his bloomin’ mouth will last for decades, if not longer, and will be felt far and wide. Where were his handlers??? Hugs!!!

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Trump acted with impunity, but without knowledge, and there will likely be a price to be paid by the U.S., our allies, and the Middle Eastern nations. Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread.’
    Who the hell does he think he is? I’m so OVER this FIDIOT … he just stirred a huge hornet’s nest. IMHO … another way of distraction from Russia probe, However. this one will surely have worldwide repercussions! Beyond sad …

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  5. Dear Jill,

    From what I am learning is that again, it was Jared Kushner was also pushing for President Trump to make this move. I had wondered about how could the president even think about undermining his senior adviser and his own son-in-law but now I know.

    I never believed that even Jared Kushner could be so foolish as to give his imprimatur to what the president did yesterday, Dec. 6. He actually truly believed that the Arab world would be okay with this. How could I not see this coming? This is the case of dumb and dumber.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, and this move will have consequences that will last for decades, if not longer. He and Kushner wanted, apparently, to do Netanyahu’s bidding, and they have made a huge mistake. I wonder where the generals were?

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  6. So how much are the arms manufacturers paying Trump for this lot.No doubt sales will rocket again.The middle east is a tinder box that’s been on a slow fuse for a while. Someone unskilled in diplomacy should not be interfering in this. Any chance of future peace could be blown apart.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • I can’t help but wonder where the generals who are supposed to be babysitting him were and why they didn’t stop this. Yes, today Palestine is saying that this put an end to any hope of the two-state solution. It isn’t bad enough he is destroying the U.S., but now he has to destroy the Middle East too??? SHEESH! You are right, he should never be allowed to meddle in foreign affairs, as he does not understand any of it and has no interest in trying to learn. Somebody please buy a case of duct tape and keep his hands and mouth taped!
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • Ahhh … you do know me well, my friend! Y’know … I wondered the same. Where were those generals who are supposed to be babysitting him? Surely they can’t have approved this move? And someone wrote ;that speech for him, as there were words in there that he doesn’t even know … why would they support this? Violence in the West Bank today, and Palestine saying he just put an end to any possibility of the two-state solution. Sheesh … he really should not be allowed to even speak on issues of which he has no understanding! It’s bad enough what he’s doing to our country … why let him ruin the rest of the globe too???

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