Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Moving USA Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Nadene Goldfoot                                                      
US Embassy now is at Ha Yarkon Street 71,Tel Aviv, Israel
Knesset in Jerusalem at Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem 91950
Jerusalem is situated in the center of the Judean Mountains.

On June 5th, 1967, 1st day of Six Day War, Jordanian troops in the Old City and Jordanian sections of the city bombarded the New City.  The Israel army reacted and 2 days later the whole city came under Israel control.                                                  

 The first reaction was to visit the Western Wall, prohibited to Jews for almost 20 years.  

On June 29, 1967, Israel formally united the 2 sections of the city and the barriers that had divided them were removed.  The population of the eastern section of the city--including 139,600 Muslims and Christians, have been incorporated into the total population of 493,500 in 1990.  Ultra orthodox Jews' population has grown rapidly along with immigrants.  An intifada began in 1987 lending to cases of sabotage that exacerbated relations.  This riling up of the Arabs came from outside sources.  
The Jerusalem Law of 1980 extended Israel sovereignty over the entire city.  
                                                   King David Hotel below:  This is where I met my 3rd
                                cousin, Stanley Goldfoot, former Chief of Intelligence of the Stern Group.  
                                                                            This hotel has history!                          
If you are an American citizen living in Jerusalem, and we have many who regularly do this for several months at a time if not year around, you must travel to Tel Aviv if you need to visit the US Embassy.  This is also true if you live in Judea-Samaria or Gaza as well.  You will not find your embassy in Israel's capital.

The Palestinians, however, can do so, which is a sign favoring Palestinian Arabs.  There is the US Consulate General in East Jerusalem.  If you live in Haifa, you must go to the Haifa Consular Agency there.
Map of Jerusalem, Israel's capital.  Mayor Nir Barkat feels that Trump is very serious about the move.  
"The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995 under President Bill Clinton, Democrat. It was passed for the purposes of initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no later than May 31, 1999, and attempted to withhold 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the State Department specifically for "Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad" as allocated in fiscal year 1999 until the United States Embassy in Jerusalem had officially opened.

So far, we've had 3 presidents in a row promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital, which it has been ever since King David reigned from 1010 to 970 BCE.  That's over 3,000 years ago it has been a Jewish capital. William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton leaving in 2001,  George Walker Bush leaving in 2009 and Barack Hussein Obama leaving in 2016 promised to move it and chickened out.  Donald Trump has now promised, and of all the American Presidents, just might have the baytzum to do it.  So far on his 3rd day in office, he's taken many steps in fulfilling promises he has made.

In the war that followed its declaration of statehood on May 14, 1948, Israel captured the western portion of the city of Jerusalem while Jordan seized the east.  Jordan had been holding all of Jerusalem since Israel's War of Independence in 1948.  
"Israel took control of East Jerusalem in its 1967 war with its Arab neighbors and annexed it, declaring that the city would remain whole and unified as its eternal capital (and later building many settlements there that most of the world considers illegal)." 
 The world has been anti-Israel, anti Semitic and anti-facts, because several professors of international law have stated that they have the right to do so.  Professor Eugene Kontorovich is one.  The Court of Appeal of Versailles, France,  is another group that says Israel has the right to inhabit the "West Bank" (Judea and Samaria).  
As a bird flies, the distance for the move is 33 miles or 54 km.  
By car, you could drive the distance in 35 minutes of 41 miles or 66.2 km. 

I will take a guess and say that Israel would like the embassy to be in west Jerusalem, where the Palestinian Arabs are having a tizzy about it.  They really don't want Israel to have anything connecting them to any part of Jerusalem, and have been hoping to take over the entire city, no doubt, and certainly east Jerusalem to have as their capital of a state they have said no to since 1947.  This tells me there's more to this advertising of having a state than in being in need of a state.   I take it as a matter of fact that they just don't want Israel to exist, as they and their assorted neighbors have been saying since 1948 with the goal of driving Israel into the sea.  

It will be saying to the Arabs if Trump does carry out his promise of moving the embassy,  that the USA is all for the move and is behind Israel in their position of having to defend itself against the aggressiveness and hostility of death-dealing mongers of a vast group of neighboring Arabs.  The land happens to be Israel's capital and the Arabs cannot dictate to them what they do with it.  

After 3 no's, it's time for a yes.  President Trump has a different background from Clinton, Bush and Obama.  He's a negotiator first.  He has more reason to be for moving than the other 3.  I personally hope he uses his wiles to get this promise fulfilled.  

Jewish Press: 6 pages about law,; by Hillel Fendel Friday, January 6, 2017. On "Why Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is a Big..."about USA's  Embassy Relocation act of 1995.

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