Trump Does Not Understand Israeli/Palestinian Conflict :: By Geri Ungurean

I write this article knowing that I may receive many derogatory responses. Nevertheless, this article must be written.

I voted for Trump; or perhaps I should say I voted against Hillary Clinton. During the primaries, I was a supporter of Ted Cruz.  No man is perfect – we are all sinners. I realize that many Christians were “Never-Trumpers” but I could not sit home on election day.  I cast my vote for Trump and that was that.

One of Trump’s campaign promises was to move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  It would be a bold measure; telling the world that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. When Trump was elected, he tapped his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a primary player in negotiating a peace plan between Israel and the so-called Palestinians.

The problem with Kushner is that he comes from a family, much like my own, with liberal Democrats. Most Jews are Democrats. Most Jews are liberals. I believe that Kushner has no idea about Israel’s right to the land. He views this ongoing conflict from a secular standpoint – and so does President Trump.

I woke up this morning and read this in the news:

“Trumps says he wants to give peace a shot before he even thinks of moving the embassy.” 

I am envisioning people locking arms, swaying back and forth and singing Kumbaya.

Trump does not understand that the Palestinians do not want “peace.” They long for the annihilation of Israel. Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly said that Israel does not have the right to exist.  Does Kushner or Trump understand this?  Or perhaps the question should be asked:  “Do they care?”



US President Donald Trump breaks the silence on the disputed issue of the American embassy’s relocation (or its lack thereof).

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he wanted to give a shot at achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians before moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In June, Trump signed a temporary order to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv, despite a campaign promise he made to move it to Jerusalem.

“I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” he said.

“If we can make peace between the Palestinians and Israel, I think it’ll lead to ultimately peace in the Middle East, which has to happen,” he said.

Asked if there was a time frame for the embassy move, Trump said: “We’re going to make a decision in the not too distant future.

“Hours before going on air, Trump took to Twitter to promote the show and his appearance on it, inviting his followers to watch him make an appearance on Huckabee’s show as his very first guest. The fact that Huckabee managed to snag such an important guest for the first episode of his show was criticized by many, seeing as the former governor’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, currently serves as White House Press Secretary.

Many in Israel were looking forward for the president to make good on his campaign pledge and move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital, but were disappointed to discover that Trump was backtracking on his promiseas the first months of his presidency and his key Israel visit both went by without significant progress towards a move.

Trump’s decision to halt the embassy relocation was perceived as a stinging blow, despite the fact that he has sent officials from his administration with increasing frequency in recent months to attempt to accelerate the stagnant peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Both Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law who serves as a shadow diplomat in the White House in charge of US-led peace efforts, and US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt have visited the region numerous times in the past six months to negotiate with government officials in Israel as well as Palestinian Authority representatives. – source

So there you have it.  Was the pledge to move our embassy to Jerusalem just another “broken” campaign promise?  Was it said to secure some of the Jewish vote?

We don’t know the answers to this, but for Trump to even dream about peace between Israel and her mortal enemy is naive at best.

Shalom b’Yeshua


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