The move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem brings on a flood of thoughts. Briefly:
This completes the UN creation of Israel on Nov. 29, 1947.
Coincidentally, it came 70 years and 7 days after the UN vote. Also of note, it came 3 days shy of the centenary of British conquest of Jerusalem from the Ottomans.
It effectively recognizes pre-1967 west Jerusalem, not the whole of Jerusalem, as Israel's capital. It also leaves the ugly old consular and passport practices in place.
As a specialist on the Middle East, I hate to admit it, but this step results from fresh faces breaking with a stale past.
The move sends exactly the right to the Palestinians: your continued attempt to eliminate the Jewish state of Israel will cost you.
Trump's December 2017 moving the embassy neatly checks and refutes Obama's December 2016 abstaining from U.N. Security Council resolution 2334.
Denunciations of the move came in fast and hard from the pope, the UN Secretary-General, European leaders, Ankara and Tehran, Islamists, the Left, and Palestinians. Strikingly, however, Arab states were largely mum, for they have much higher priorities to contend with.
Good for Trump ignoring threats of the Arab street rising up; the riot veto must not be allowed to determine policy.