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ICYMI: CNN OPINION: “TRUMP GETS IT RIGHT ON JERUSALEM”
“Donald Trump Believes In The Right Of The Israeli People To Choose Their Capital, And His Actions As President Will Show That He Is A Man Of His Word. As He Said At The American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference Last March, Once He Is Elected, The United States Will Recognize Jerusalem As Israel's Capital.” – Jason Greenblatt, Israel Advisor
Trump Gets It Right On Jerusalem
By Jason Greenblatt
June 29, 2016
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It seems to be a regular feature of the U.S presidential election cycle: Candidates from both parties solemnly pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, only to sidestep the issue upon taking office. Shouldn't the selection of a capital city rest solely with the people of the country who reside there?
Donald Trump believes it should. As president, he would recognize the right of the Israeli people to choose their capital city (a choice, incidentally, that has remained unchanged throughout 3,500 years of uninterrupted Jewish presence in Israel). That choice is Jerusalem.
Trump believes that, as the crossroads of the world's religions, a unified Jerusalem must remain open to all worshipers, and the reality is that any threat to Israel's rule over the city would imperil that free access. Recognizing Israel's authority to designate Jerusalem as its capital is the surest way to ensure harmony and that the holy sites in the city remain open to all who wish to visit them.
What is Hillary Clinton's view? That depends on who is doing the asking.
During her 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Clinton pledged to support "Israel's right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital." But fast-forward eight years, and she remains silent on the issue. Meanwhile, as recently as 2011, Clinton filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which she argued that recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem would "critically compromise the ability of the United States to work with the Israelis, Palestinians and others in the region to further the peace process."
Which Clinton should we believe?
We need a president who means what he says, one whose word can be counted on at home and abroad. Donald Trump believes in the right of the Israeli people to choose their capital, and his actions as president will show that he is a man of his word. As he said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference last March, once he is elected, the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Enough is enough.
A Trump administration will be a true friend to Israel. Jerusalem is Israel's capital, and the undivided city is essential to the security of its all its citizens regardless of their religious faith.
Israel -- and its allies here in America -- need Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
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