President Trump has once again demonstrated his testicular fortitude on the subject of America’s support for Israel.
Israel as we know it has been, undoubtedly, the most controversial bit of real estate on the entire planet for millennia. As a holy site for a number of religions, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Gaza Strip and other locales have been under constant threat of holy war ever since man began slicing up the middle eastern pie.
In recent memory, most of the conflict over this space has been relegated to rocket attacks spewing across the border between Palestine and Israel itself, with minor skirmishes and terror attacks occasionally peppering the landscape as well. After the White House declared last week that the U.S. would be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, however, all Hell is expected to break loose as radical Muslims grow increasingly furious over the relocation.
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Now, to reiterate the support that America has for its allies in Israel, the White House is adding a new caveat to that stance, and it is sure to raise eyebrows all across the Middle East.
“Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem’s Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East.
“Although they said the ultimate borders of the holy city must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the officials — speaking ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to the region — essentially ruled out any scenario that didn’t maintain Israeli control over the holiest ground in Judaism. The issue is sensitive because the wall is beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders and abuts some of the Islamic world’s most revered sites.
“’We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel. But as the president said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final status agreement,’ a senior administration official said. Another official later added by email, ‘We note that we cannot imagine Israel would sign a peace agreement that didn’t include the Western Wall.’
“The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the vice president’s upcoming trip.”
Palestinian officials have already grown irate over the latest declaration, condemning the idea with harsh and blunt language.
For those who were already concerned about the possibility of World War III erupting at the next drop of the hat, this move by the White House will usher in a new fanaticism in their online circles. For the people of Israel, however, knowing that the United States is finally keeping its promise to be a thorough ally will bring them intense comfort during these trying times.