In the weeks leading up to January 20, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump has said--more than once--that he will order the US embassy in Israel to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital. To put this announcement into context, it is conventional practice that diplomatic missions (that is, Foreign Embassies) are always located in a country's capital city--unless a country specifies a different city.
There's one exception to this common practice: Israel. Israel wants all Foreign Embassies to be based in Jerusalem. But there are no Foreign Embassies in Jerusalem. They're all in Tel Aviv.
This isn't an oversight. It isn't an error. It's deliberate: only the Jewish Israel is denied to right to choose where Embassies go.
No country will locate their Embassy in Jerusalem because the 'Palestinian Authority' (PA) demands this conventional practice be cancelled--just for Israel. Why does the PA do that? It claims Jerusalem for its own capital--all of Jerusalem. The West says the PA wants only East Jerusalem for itself (Glenn Kessler, “Fact-checking John Kerry's speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, washingtonpost, January 3, 2017). Since this means West Jerusalem stays Jewish, the US could place its embassy in the Jewish part of Jerusalem, right?
Wrong: the PA will not allow any Foreign Embassies in Israel to be located in any part of Jerusalem. The PA demands all of Jerusalem for itself.
Why would any country listen to such an unreasonable demand? That's a good question. Do you know the answer?
My own answer is simple: nations comply with this outrageous demand because they have no real disagreement with it. Their attitude seems to be, if the PA wants to take over all of Jerusalem from the Jews, let it.
The question of embassies in Jerusalem would appear to be a political issue; or, alternatively, a diplomatic issue. But it isn't. As you'll see in a moment, it's a religious issue.
In fact, everything about the Arab war against Israel is religious. The Arab-Israel conflict has always been about religion. Contrary to popular wisdom, this conflict is not about two states trying to figure out how to live side-by-side in peace and security. The PA has never made any bona fide offer to accept peace or security for Israel.
For the PA, the conflict with Israel isn’t about peace. It’s about religion. It's about the PA’s Islamic desire to conquer the Jewish Israel--and then erase forever Jews and Judaism.
This conflict is the modern world's longest-running religious war. It's been going on since the British signed the Balfour Declaration a hundred years ago (1917). It's about the Muslim claim that the Jewish land of Israel isn't Jewish. It’s about the Muslim demand that all of Israel must be exclusively Islamic.
We saw this how this religious claim works yet again last week in a speech by a Mahmoud Abbas advisor. That advisor told us why the PA objected to moving the US Embassy to any part of Jerusalem. That objection had nothing to do with ‘two states’.
Through the website, Palestinian Media Watch (palwatch), we saw PA leader Mahmoud Abbas' Advisor on religious affairs (Mahmoud al-Habbash) declare that "if the US moves its embassy to Jerusalem, it is a declaration of war on all Muslims" (see William Jacobson, "Palestinian leadership's two-faced Jerusalem embassy game", legalinsurrection, January 10, 2017). If you don't understand the religious significance of this statement, al-Habbash clarified it by adding that this embassy move "harms our faith and our existence" (ibid).
That's right. Jerusalem is not a diplomatic issue. It's not a political issue. It's a religious issue.
It's about god, not politics. It's about Islam, not diplomacy.
In 1992, while orchestrating Bill Clinton's successful campaign for President of the United States, campaign strategist James Carville summed up what Clinton was trying to talk about in the campaign. Carville coined some phrases for his staff, the most famous of which might have been, 'it's the economy, stupid'.
People got the point. Clinton won his election partly because his opponent, the first George Bush, seemed somewhat numb about a then-faltering economy, and partly because Clinton surrogates claimed something like, ‘it’s about the economy, stupid!’
'It's about the economy, stupid' now—somewhat indelicately--becomes, 'it's about Islam, stupid'--meaning, there will be no peace in this Arab-Israel conflict until the nations of the world confront the Islamic Jihadic nature of the war managed by the PA against Israel. Islam is the problem, not Israel. Want proof? No ‘Palestinian’ leader has ever publicly disavowed Jihad against Jews (Salim Mansur, “The Bigotry against Israel in the UN”, gatestoneinstitute, January 15, 2017).
If the UN and the Paris Peace Conference (which took place today, January 15, 2017) don't recognize the Islamic nature of this war against the Jews, they will not solve anything. They will only make things worse.
You can take that to the bank.