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Trump To Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital, Breaking Decades Of U.S. Neutrality

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Breaking decades of U.S. foreign policy consistency, President Trump is expected to announce later today that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but will not move the U.S. Embassy as he had promised during the Presidential campaign:

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there, upending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and potentially destroying his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mr. Trump’s decision, a high-risk foray into the thicket of the Middle East, was driven not by diplomatic calculations but by a campaign promise. He appealed to evangelicals and ardently pro-Israel American Jews in 2016 by vowing to move the embassy, and advisers said on Tuesday he was determined to make good on his word.

But the president, faced with a deadline of this past Monday to make that decision, still plans to sign a national security waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months, even as he set in motion a plan to move it to Jerusalem. Officials said the process would take several years.

More significantly, Mr. Trump is to announce his formal recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in a formal speech at the White House on Wednesday, when he will become the first American president to take that step since the founding of Israel in 1948.

Mr. Trump spent Tuesday morning explaining the policy change in telephone calls with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel; Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president; and to Arab leaders who warned him that it would disrupt the peace process, perhaps fatally, and could unleash a new wave of violence across the region.

“Moving the U.S. embassy is a dangerous step that provokes the feelings of Muslims around the world,” King Salman of Saudi Arabia told Mr. Trump in their call, according to Saudi state television.

Late on Tuesday, Palestinian national and Islamic groups issued a joint statement calling for three days of “popular anger” to protest Mr. Trump’s move, beginning on Wednesday throughout the Palestinian territories and in demonstrations at United States embassies and consulates around the world.

Fearing attacks, the American consulate in Jerusalem barred employees and family members from going to the Old City or the West Bank, while the State Department urged embassies around the world to tighten their security.

Jerusalem is one of the world’s most fiercely contested swaths of real estate, with both sides disputing each other’s claims. West Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, but the Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and most of the world considers it occupied territory. Jerusalem’s Old City has the third-holiest mosque in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism, making the city’s status a sensitive issue for Muslims and Jews worldwide alike.

Mr. Trump’s decision drew applause from some in Israel and the United States, even if Mr. Netanyahu and the Israeli government were studiously silent in advance of the president’s speech.

“The U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a positive and important step, particularly amid Palestinian efforts to undermine the historic ties between the Jewish nation and the City of David,” said Amos Yadlin, executive director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, said, “It is high time to move the embassy to Jerusalem.” He added, “Not moving it to Jerusalem for 22 years has not brought us closer to peace.”

White House officials said Mr. Trump remained committed to what he has called the “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians. The decision, they said, was “recognition of current and historic reality.” They said it could hasten, rather than impede, peace negotiations by removing a source of ambiguity from the American position.

Mr. Trump, officials said, would make clear that the United States is not taking a position on whether, or how, Jerusalem is divided between Israel and the Palestinians. He will also not take a position on a disputed area of the Old City, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Haram al-Sharif to Muslims, which has been a flash point for tensions.

But even with those caveats, Mr. Trump’s decision seems likely to disrupt, if not dissolve, the peace effort. Administration officials said they expected the Palestinians to walk away from the process, at least for now. The White House is girding itself for an eruption of violence, coordinating plans with several agencies to protect American citizens abroad.

“You can finesse this all you want, but Jerusalem doesn’t allow for any finesse,” said Martin S. Indyk, a former American ambassador to Israel. “They can try to limit the damage all they want, but they won’t be able to, because Jerusalem is such a hot-button issue.”

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Reaction to Mr. Trump’s move in the Arab world was swift and negative, even from normally friendly leaders.

King Abdullah II of Jordan strongly cautioned against the move, “stressing that Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world,” according to a statement from the royal palace in Amman. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the custodian of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

“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,” the statement said.

Few details of the conversation between Mr. Trump and Mr. Abbas were released, but a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization said the call had given shape to the worst fears of Palestinians.

“It’s very serious,” said the P.L.O. spokesman, Xavier Abu Eid. “Things look very bad.” The Palestinian news agency, WAFA, quoted Mr. Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, as saying that Mr. Abbas will continue his contacts with world leaders to prevent such “unacceptable action.”

Richard Haass, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, noted some of the dangers that this decision holds for the future:

Emma Green in The Atlantic expands on this argument:

In the long run, the diplomatic effects of this could be huge. It’s not clear how Trump’s announcement fits into a broader diplomatic strategy in the region, including the president’s vague promises that he’s going to secure the ultimate deal between Israelis and Palestinians. “This is almost like stepping on a landmine,” said Shalom Lipner, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who previously served in the prime minister’s office in Israel. “To the extent that people think there is a realistic chance of some sort of [peace] process, they’re much more concerned that this will set back negotiations.”

Others don’t believe a deal is possible, or even actively hope America’s announcement will derail any further negotiations. “I wish for my children that this is true,” said King. “If Palestinians would get a state for themselves, it would be the biggest punishment for the Western world, the entire world.” For him, U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a fulfillment of the messianic promise of the Hebrew Bible: “In the time before messiah will come, most nations will accept us as Jews returning us to our holy city … like the United States wants to do now.”

At best, said Yehudah Mirsky, an associate professor at Brandeis University who previously served in the Clinton administration and lived in Israel, this move will be a tangible affirmation of the United States’ support for Israel. “People have a hard time understanding why Israelis feel as insecure as they do, given Israel’s military prowess,” he said. “Israel is the only country in the world whose right to exist is talked about. This continuing charade of not recognizing the city it regards as its capital makes lots of rank-and-file Israelis feel like the deck is stacked against them.” Day-to-day life in the city might not change, he said, but “anything that lessens people’s sense of defensiveness here, and gives them a greater sense of self-confidence in their own future, is helpful.”

Like everything with Jerusalem, however, perceptions of whether that comfort is good vary widely. For the United States to declare Jerusalem the united capital of Israel doesn’t make it so. Trump’s announcement will “lead the Israeli public, including those who are in Jerusalem, deeper into clinical denial, or ‘occupation denial,'” Seidemann said, adding: “We’re sipping cappuccino on the edge of a volcano.”

Trump’s move will constitute a break with long-standing American foreign policy that has kept the country neutral on the question of the final status of Jerusalem until the issue has been resolved by the Israelis and Palestinians. Regardless of the occupant, the White House has generally taken the position that the establishment of diplomatic relations and location(s) of embassies and consulates is an exclusively Presidential power under the Constitution. That position has been in place since Israel took control of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967 and has been recognized by every American President since then even at the same time that, as candidates, each of these Presidents had made promises that they would recognize the city as Israel’s capital and move the embassy. The issue came to a head during the Clinton Administration when Congress passed a law in 1995  that mandated that the President both recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American embassy there.  President Clinton objected to the law and the ground that it interfered with the President’s ability to conduct foreign policy, but the bill became law pursuant to Article 1, Section 7, Clause 2 of the Constitution. Most importantly, the law includes provisions that authorize a Presidential waiver of the requirement to move the embassy based on national security concerns, something that every President since Bil Clinton has done every six months on a regular basis. In the early days of Trump’s Presidency, there were signals that the Administration would be announcing the moving of the embassy very shortly after Inauguration Day. Ultimately, that move never happened and  President Trump himself signed the waiver in June of this year and will sign it again this month notwithstanding the fact that he will make the announcement regarding the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

While Trump’s announcement falls short of completely fulfilling the campaign promise that he and every other Republican running for President in 2016 made to actually move the U.S. Embassy in accordance with the law enacted by Congress in 1995, it is nonetheless likely to be disruptive in the region and to make any more toward a revived peace process less likely. As noted, Palestinian leaders are already calling for demonstrations against the move. Even before the President speaks later this morning, there have already been protests in the West Bank and elsewhere, and there are likely to be more such protests in the area on Friday after the traditional Muslim prayers. Even in advance of the announcement, Trump’s decision is being criticized. British Prime Minister Theresa May, for example, said during Question Time in Parliament that it remains the United Kingdom’s decision that the final status of Jerusalem should be resolved by the peace process not by outside intervention. May also said that she plans to “confront” Trump about his decision. Pope Francis, meanwhile, has released a statement voicing “deep concern” over the President’s decision and the impact it could have on any prospect for a Middle East peace process. Additionally, even longtime American allies in the Arab world since as Saudi Arabia and Jordan warned the Trump Administration against taking even this limited step due to the fact that it makes it far less likely that a peace process that has been essentially dormant for at least a decade will be revived anytime soon. Additionally, the prospect that it could lead to violence and perhaps even attacks on American targets elsewhere in the Middle East is just one of the reasons why this is a bad idea that will set back the peace process and make a region of the world that is already rife with danger

This decision strikes me as being utterly foolish, ill-advised, and potentially dangerously counterproductive. There is no purpose to Trump’s announcement other than pleasing the conservative base of the Republican Party, for whom this seems to be more important than it is for Jewish-Americans or even many Israelis. In addition to the issue of settlement expansion, the final status of Jerusalem remains one of the most difficult issues yet to be resolved between Israel and the Palestinians and taking the step of formally recognizing the city as Israel’s capital constitutes a major step by the U.S. that would appear to send the message to Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world that the U.S. could not serve as any kind of an impartial arbiter or go-between in getting any negotiations restarted. Additionally, Hamas and other radical Palestinians group have made clear that a move such as this could put Americans in danger. For the more than forty years, it has been U.S. policy that taking any position on the final status of Jerusalem would not be in our national interests, would not advance the peace process, and could potentially make any peace deal even less like likely than it already is at the moment. While Trump with avoid taking the step of moving the embassy at this point, such a move is in the end really just symbolic. This announcement is the far more important issue, and it risks making a dangerous situation even more precarious. In other words, it is another example of Trump foreign policy that is foolish, ill-considered, ill-informed, and potentially dangerous. it will do nothing to advance the peace process and indeed will likely make it more difficult for the United States to do anything to encourage the parties to come to the table and negotiate. It is also potentially dangerous for the United States and the region as a whole, which is why it is being criticized by our allies in Europe as well as the leadership in Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. In other words, it’s patented Trumpidian stupidity that is not going to accomplish anything except pander to the President’s “conservative” base.

 Update: Trump made his announcement official this afternoon, and it apparently does include a decision to move the embassy, although that process will take years:

President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, defying warnings from other Mideast countries and some U.S. allies in a politically risky move that he insisted would not derail his administration’s efforts to broker a peace deal.

In a midday speech at the White House, Trump defended his decision as “long overdue” and argued that a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians has remained elusive for more than two decades even as his predecessors declined to recognize the contested city as Israel’s capital.

“Some say they lacked courage, but they made the best judgment based on the facts as they understood them,” Trump said, speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room. “Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades, we’re no closer to a lasting peace agreement.”

Trump added that “it’s folly to assume that repeating the exactly the same formula will produce a different or better result.”

The announcement came a day after senior White House aides previewed Trump’s decision, and the president also ordered the State Department to begin planning to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a process that administration officials said would take years.

Trump emphasized that despite his decision he remained fully committed to helping broker a peace agreement. The White House is working on a peace plan to be unveiled sometime next year.

“The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides,’ Trump said. “I intend to do everything in my power to forge such an agreement.”

Trump’s decision was hailed in Israel. The Jerusalem municipality announced ahead of Trump’s speech that it would illuminate the ancient walls of Jerusalem Old City with an Israeli and an American flag, “as a token of appreciation to President Trump for his recognition of Jerusalem.” The city said that American flags would be hung on the streets surrounding the U.S. consulate.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that “the expected announcement by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the U.S. stands with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem.”

This decision is, as I stated above, beyond stupid, completely unnecessary, and potentially dangerous. It is not in the national interests of the United States and is being made by the President merely to fulfill a promise to the far right. Now, we just have to wait and see what happens and hope that things won’t get violent again.

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  1. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    With this announcement Trump becomes directly responsible for the deaths of many, many people.
    But the blood is not only on his hands. That same blood also stains the hands of Bunge and JKB and Guarneri and any other moron who thought electing this incompetent ass was a good idea.

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  2. CET says:

    This announcement is the far more important issue, and it risks making a dangerous situation even more precarious.

    I think that to the Trump administration the increased danger is a feature, not a bug. Somewhere deep in his sclerotic reptilian brain, he realizes that his best chance for re-election is a war or a major terrorist attack on Americans. It’s what we see with his attitude towards Iran, and North Korea. Why not stir the pot here as well?

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  3. PJ says:

    @Daryl’s other brother Darryl:

    That same blood also stains the hands of Bunge and JKB and Guarneri and any other moron who thought electing this incompetent ass was a good idea.

    And we can add the idiots on the left who argued that Clinton and Trump was the same, that the US could survive Trump, and that in four years voters would elect Bernie Sanders 2.0.

    At least idiots like Bunge, JKB, and Guarneri share Trump’s intellectual capacity and horrible views…

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  4. Slugger says:

    Is there some underlying plan here? Trump is supposed to be a dealmaker according to his publicity profile. What do you and I, regular Americans, get out of this? Trump’s actions will please Bibi, but it hard to discern something for the USA.
    The two state solution is unreachable. Palestinians should work toward full citizenship in Israel. The Israeli right won’t like lots of Arab voters, but the only alternative is a total apartheid state. One man; one vote is coming.

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  5. PJ says:

    @Slugger:
    Payback to donors? Conservative Jews, or Evangelical Christians hoping to trigger the second coming of christ, take your pick.

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  6. KM says:

    Well, shit. How many people are going to die just for political points with his base? How many Americans will lose their lives just so evangelicals can pretend the Rapture is getting closer?

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  7. cian says:

    Here’s a prediction, Trump will withdraw his statement on the status of Jerusalem. To do otherwise is to start another war, but, this time, with no end in sight and the responsibility for the 1000s of deaths on both sides will be entirely ours, the nation that elected this insane monster. No matter how uneasy, peace exists between Palestine and Israel at this time. Should he declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, that will be over by tomorrow morning. He knows it, his administration knows it, the world knows it. So why would he do such a thing? Maybe a world in chaos is what the people behind him want.

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  8. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @KM:

    How many people are going to die just for political points with his base?

    The reality is that a major conflict is the only thing that will get his abysmal approval ratings up.
    It may be the only thing, besides blue pills and naked pix of his daughter, that gets him up.

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  9. Gustopher says:

    Is there anything about this that does anything to improves America’s security or advances our interests?

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  10. MBunge says:

    1. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

    2. Plenty of other politicians have publicly called for that to be recognized, including HILLARY CLINTON. http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1999/07/09/senate.2000/hrc.jerusalem/

    3. Not recognizing it has accomplished exactly squat.

    4. If you think recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel increases the level of threat against Americans, you must have been in a coma for the last 16+ years.

    Might this be a bad idea? Sure, but it would be a bad idea that both Democrats and Republicans have scored political points with for decades and there is no alternative good idea.

    On the other hand, Trump’s decision could possibly cut through more of the BS surrounding the so-called peace process than anything else a U.S. President has done in generations. Israel is not giving up Jerusalem. They’re not letting the U.N. take over. As long as they’ve got U.S. support, no one can make them. Pretending otherwise was getting things nowhere.

    Mike

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  11. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @MBunge:

    Trump’s decision could possibly cut through more of the BS

    Remember, Bunge…when this escalates to an armed conflict, you thought it was a brilliant idea, and every person that dies is, partially, on your hands.
    Being a moron, and voting for a fellow moron, has consequences.

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  12. JKB says:

    This is terrible. The President chooses to honor a Senate resolution from June 2017 passed by a 90-0 vote.

    Resolved, That the Senate—

    (5) reaffirms that it is the longstanding, bipartisan policy of the United States Government that the permanent status of Jerusalem remains a matter to be decided between the parties through final status negotiations towards a two-state solution; and

    (6) reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–45) as United States law, and calls upon the President and all United States officials to abide by its provisions.

    Note, Trump’s announcement also complies with (5).

    So how terrible that the President is taking the bipartisan advice of the Senate, and one would infer from the resolution their consent, in foreign affairs. Why it’s almost like Congress matters, which many find shocking in DC.

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  13. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    OT…
    I don’t think Sen. Franken lasts the day….

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  14. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @JKB:

    towards a two-state solution

    How exactly does the US siding with 15 Million Jews over 1.6 Billion Muslims advance a two-state solution?

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  15. JKB says:

    @Daryl’s other brother Darryl:

    Not siding with “Jews”, I think you mean Israel.

    But in this instance, Trump is siding with the Senate (90-0) with the 10 not voted (5-R, 5-D). Doesn’t get much more bipartisan than that. Trump is supposedly the neophyte in DC, should he not take the advice of the Senate? The elected body designated to advise and consent on treaties and other foreign policy matters?

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  16. michael reynolds says:

    @MBunge:
    Still wondering if you can clarify:

    Did Trump say ‘Grab ’em by the pussy’ as Trump says he said?

    Or did he not say, ‘Grab ’em by the pussy’ as Trump says he did not say?

    And can you as a good Trumpaloon cult member manage to believe both simultaneously?

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  17. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @JKB:
    So in other words you have no answer?
    No explanation for the brilliant negotiating skills of your Dear Leader, the moron?
    Maybe this will be simpler…what does the US get out of this? How does this advance our interests? What did your Dear Leader, the worlds greatest negotiator, get in return for siding with Netanyahoo?

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  18. JKB says:

    @Daryl’s other brother Darryl:

    It’s negotiating, so this is just the opening bid. And he did not side with Netanyahu, but rather the American people as evidenced by the 1995 law and the 2017 resolution passed by their elected representatives.

    In any case, the actual move will take a couple years, which is how Trump chose to do it rather than just upgrade the consulate already in Jerusalem. So really, should peace negotiations restart, this matter could be on the table.

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  19. MBunge says:

    @Daryl’s other brother Darryl:

    You don’t have to work so hard at proving you are stupid. We get it already. THIS is going to escalate to armed conflict? What do you think we and Israel are in right now?

    Mike

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  20. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @JKB:

    And he did not side with Netanyahu,

    First – I note that you still have answered neither question.
    Second – he absolutely sided with Netanyahoo. I mean, you voted for him, so I know you aren’t very smart…but still…
    Third – As for the two decade old law, and the other resolution…Congress does not dictate Foreign Policy. This is on your Dear Leader…and morons like you who blindly support him.

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  21. MikeSJ says:

    @Daryl’s other brother Darryl:

    With this announcement Trump becomes directly responsible for the deaths of many, many people.
    But the blood is not only on his hands. That same blood also stains the hands of Bunge and JKB and Guarneri and any other moron who thought electing this incompetent ass was a good idea.

    You are assuming – as do I – that bloodshed and violence is a negative; a thing to be avoided if possible. Obviously you are not a Trump voter.

    For me a major question is this what the Trump voters wanted? Violence and bloodshed? Or were they simply gullible people (aka morons) who thought “Mr. Big Business Man” and “Deal Maker” would ride in and fix everything?

    I do suspect that for many of Trumps voter, his base, this coming debacle will be one of the reasons they voted for him. It will be more entertainment for them, another day at the circus.

    That decent people will be horrified by it will be a bonus for them.

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  22. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @JKB:

    It’s negotiating, so this is just the opening bid.

    Have you ever negotiated anything???
    You don’t negotiate by outright ceding the biggest point on the table and going from there…
    Jebus-gawd you Trumpaloons are stupid.

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  23. MBunge says:

    @michael reynolds:

    I don’t follow this place like I used to, for obvious reasons, so is this troll act brand new or have you been trailing after me in thread after thread? It’s kind of flattering, so let me return it in kind.

    Did Bill Clinton rape Juanita Broaddrick?

    Does Hillary think Bill raped her?

    Mike

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  24. KM says:

    @MBunge:

    4. If you think recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel increases the level of threat against Americans, you must have been in a coma for the last 16+ years.

    Benghazi Part 2 is all on you people then. It was never exactly safe work but the idiot in the Oval Office just made it worse. Trump painted a bullseye on them, period. Visions of the Iranian hostage crisis must be dancing in the heads of everyone who’s now wondering if they should take that early retirement package.

    Do I expect an attack on American shores? Not anymore then normal. What I do expect is embassy staff to have some truly bad days and unnecessarily harm / loss of life to occur because of a stupid move. Only an idiot kicks a hornet’s nest and doesn’t expect to be stung.

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  25. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @MBunge:
    @michael reynolds:
    I see you don’t have the balls to respond to Reynolds…enuf said.

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  26. michael reynolds says:

    @MBunge:

    I don’t know if Bill Clinton raped Broaddrick.

    Now, answer my questions, you pathetic coward. Which Trump do you believe? Trump A or Trump B?

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  27. grumpy realist says:

    Sometimes I feel the best thing we could do is just drop an asteroid on the entire Mideast. As a Christian-Arab friend (originally from Bethlehem) said to me at one point: “everyone in the Mideast is nuts.”

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  28. gVOR08 says:

    @Daryl’s other brother Darryl:

    You don’t negotiate by outright ceding the biggest point on the table and going from there…
    Jebus-gawd you Trumpaloons are stupid.

    Especially the head Trumpaloon, the Trump himself, the self proclaimed great negotiator.

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  29. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    This decision is, as I stated above, beyond stupid, completely unnecessary, and potentially dangerous.

    So basically, you’re saying that it is of the sort that characterizes virtually all of Trump’s decisions so far. We should be surprised?

    Up next: Nuke NK? or Iran?

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  30. michael reynolds says:

    The main winner here is Iran. Hamas and Hezbollah will own the more rejectionist Palestinians now, weakening the PA – which of course will make Bibi happy since he can go on claiming to have no partner for peace talks. The Saudi domestic opposition to MBS’s reforms may be strengthened. I suppose we could get some Egyptian mob action, but I don’t think we’ll see a big blow-up. Russia will be thrilled since it eliminates any pretense of the US acting as an honest broker.

    All in all a win for Bibi, a win for Iran, a win for Russia and a clear loss for the US. Yep, the usual Trump foreign policy: make us weaker, make Russia stronger, move us a bit closer to war with Iran.

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  31. Tyrell says:

    I am waiting to hear just what some of the religious leaders have to say about this in light of Biblical prophecy. There is talk of the building of the temple in Jerusalem. If that happens, watch out.

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  32. Daryl's other brother Daryll says:

    When you think about it…it’s kind of exciting that the US has declared war against 1.6 Billion Muslims.

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  33. HarvardLaw92 says:

    Third Intifada, coming your way in 3 … 2 …

    This is the work of lunatics.

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  34. DrDaveT says:

    @MBunge:

    If you think recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel increases the level of threat against Americans […]

    So, only American lives matter?

    You pathetic turd.

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  35. Kylopod says:

    @JKB:

    It’s negotiating, so this is just the opening bid.

    Now where have I heard that before?

    When Trump wants to open negotiations, he opens with an over-the top position. This gives him bargaining room…. If President Trump were to tell Mexico that the wall was going up and they were going to pay for it, I can pretty much guarantee that they wouldn’t ignore him. Because President Trump would have a LOT of tools on hand to bring them to the negotiating table.

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  36. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    @Kylopod:
    But that example, while nonsensical as we have see, is exactly the opposite…in the case of the magical wall he is demanding something. In Israel he just gave away the biggest bargaining chit there was on the table. Just gave it away. And asked nothing in return. Here, Bibi…just take it….no worries. What else do you need?
    Obviously Netanyahoo has a copy of the pee-pee tape.

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  37. KM says:

    @Tyrell:

    Well then, that makes Trump the Anti-Christ doesn’t it? After all, isn’t he supposed to be the one to help rebuild the Temple and start the 7 years countdown till the end? MAGA is the Mark of the Beast and every Trumpkins’ just sold their soul. That’s some sweet irony – evangelicals gleefully waiting for the Rapture only to deny themselves Heaven in their frenzy to kiss Satan Trump’s ass and watch the liberals they hate make it upstairs.

    They better hope it’s not the End Times since they pick a hell of a week to switch sides……

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  38. Matt says:

    @MBunge: Jaunita Broaddrick herself signed an affidavit that said no rape occurred. Kenn Starr did not find her accusations to have any credibility at all which should tell you a lot. Jaunita did make all kinds of claims on the wingnut welfare circuit once she wasn’t legally liable for the truthfulness of said claims though…

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  39. Tyrell says:

    @KM: That is interesting. I will catch some of the radio and tv prophecy programs and see if they are talking about this. It should be a hot topic.

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