OPINION: Trump’s Reality-Based Foreign Policy Working in Israel

May 14, 2018 Updated: May 28, 2018    

May 14 marked a historic moment, when the United States became the first country to move its embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

It was an event long in the making. Nearly 23 years ago, in 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act.

Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama each promised to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, none of them did so. Instead, they used six-month waivers to postpone the move citing national security interests.

Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to deliver on the promise.

White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive to the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, in Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s administration officially transferred the ambassador’s offices to the consulate building and will temporarily use it as the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.  (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images,)

Following Trump’s announcement of the move, which he described as “long overdue” and as based on “a recognition of reality,” at least 10 other countries decided to follow the United States’ example.

Critics have pointed to Palestinian demands to have East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state as a reason not to move the embassy.

In announcing the move in December, Trump said that specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final negotiations, but he called for the status quo to remain at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif.

He also said he is prepared to support a two-state solution, if it is agreed to by the parties.

Despite decades of talks, Israel and Palestine are no closer to reaching a lasting peace agreement.

Perhaps Trump’s reality-based approach to foreign policy, just like with Iran and North Korea, will help advance peace.

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