On May 14, 2018, President Donald Trump’s administration opened the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, the historic capital of Israel, to coincide with the 70th birthday of the state of Israel. In May 2020, we celebrate the birthday of Israel again, this time with our embassy in the capital of that nation.
The move – widely criticized by liberals, Democrats, the United Nations and many foreign governments – implemented the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, passed with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. President Bill Clinton refused to sign and the law went into effect without his signature. Other presidents since 1995 refused to take this historic step, bowing to outside pressure and the obvious risks.
Naysayers predicted an explosion in the Middle East. Other than the usual Palestinian violence and criticism from the Arab dictators, most of the Arab world yawned.
Fortunately, Trump was willing to take the risk.