Violence Erupts in Gaza as US Embassy Opens in Jerusalem
If you’re watching on any of the mainstream media outlets, what you’ll no doubt hear about are the dozens of dead Palestinians who were attending the “protests” and were killed at the hands of Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
The reality is that the IDF hasn’t fired on a single person without cause. Hamas is using the “protests” as cover to carry out violent attacks on the IDF forces guarding the border fence between Israel and the Palestinian territories. The protesters have unwittingly (or perhaps willingly) turned themselves into human shields for the Hamas terrorists to hide behind.
Imagine the image for a young IDF soldier standing his/her post – thousands of people milling about just yards away with only a chain link fence between them. The massive crowds screaming horrible, violent, and hateful slogans at the soldiers, the smoke from the tire fires burning their nostrils, and making it harder to see what is happening across the fence line. Suddenly, the soldiers are being pelted with stones. Still, no reason to fire, until gun shots can be heard up and down the fence line and suddenly the soldiers realize that mixed in with these thousands of “protesters,” normal Palestinian civilians, are armed Hamas terrorists waiting for the opportunity to bag themselves an IDF soldier.
It’s terrifying, isn’t it?
This is why more than 50 Palestinian citizens died on Monday, and hundreds more were injured. It’s not that the IDF attacked civilians willy-nilly, it’s that Hamas was using the civilians rioting as human shields. Just like they do every other day.
The protests kicked off in response to President Trump’s decision to FINALLY move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, something Congress demanded 20 years ago and has been promised by every President to hold office during that time. But to blame the violence on the move would be ridiculous, as the Palestinian people and their leaders in Hamas use violence against Israel every single day. Monday was no different, it was just a little more visible.
While the media was covering the violence on the border, they were missing the real news happening in Jerusalem. Something far more important than the violence of terrorists and their enablers was taking place, in fact, HISTORY was being made as the United States moved our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The eternal home of the Jewish people.
Here’s what the President had to say about finally getting the embassy to Jerusalem.
Exactly 70 years ago the United States, under President Harry Truman, became the first nation to recognize the state of Israel. Today we officially open the United States embassy in Jerusalem. Congratulations. It’s been a long time coming.
Almost immediately after declaring statehood in 1948 Israel designated the city of Jerusalem as its capital; the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times. So important.
Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, it is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court and Israel’s prime minister and president.
Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Yet for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem.
On December 6th, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today, we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem. And we’re opening it many, many years ahead of schedule.TRUMP: As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace. The United States remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif.
This city and its entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people.
The United States will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace.
We wish Ambassador Friedman good luck as he takes up his office in this beautiful Jerusalem embassy.
And we extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors.
May there be peace, may God bless this embassy, may God bless all who serve there, and may God bless the United States of America.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was jubilant as he delivered an emotional speech at the embassy opening praising the United States for their leadership on the world stage.
Dear friends, what a glorious day. Remember this moment.
This is history.
President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.
All of us are deeply moved, all of us are deeply grateful.
For me being here brings back wonderful memories from my childhood…
So, I know some of you didn’t follow every word I said in Hebrew…
… and I’ll tell you that I spent the first three years of my life in this neighborhood, in Ein Gedi Street in Talpiot, which is not very far away. There were a few charming houses here, many open fields.
I remember ambling in these fields with my brother Yoni. He was 6, I was 3, he held my hand very tight. We’d walk to this wondrous house of Professor Joseph Clouser; the renowned Jewish historian was my father’s teacher.
I used to peer through the slats of the wooden synagogue where he and the great Israeli writer Shmuel Agnon used to pray on Shabbat.
And, David, I would approach this place right here, but only so far. Because my mother told me, “You can’t go any further.” This was near the border, it was exposed to sniper fire.
That was then, this is now. Today — the embassy of the most powerful nation on Earth, our greatest ally, the United States of America — today its embassy opened here.
What a difference. What a difference.
So for me, this spot brings back personal memories. But for our people it evokes profound collective memories of the greatest moments we have known on this city on a hill.
In Jerusalem — in Jerusalem, Abram passed the greatest test of faith and the right to be the father of our nation.
In Jerusalem, King David established our capital 3,000 years ago.
In Jerusalem, King Solomon built our temple, which stood for many centuries.
In Jerusalem, Jewish exiles from Babylon rebuilt the temple, which stood for many more centuries.
In Jerusalem, the Maccabees rededicated that temple and restored Jewish sovereignty in this land. And it was here in Jerusalem some 2,000 years later that the soldiers of Israel spoke three immortal words, “Har Ha-Bayit B’Yadeynu, “The Temple Mount is in our hands,” words that lifted the spirit of the entire nation.
We are in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay.
We are here in Jerusalem, protected by the brave soldiers of the army of Israel, led our chief of staff, Gadi Eizenkot. And our brave soldiers — our brave soldier are protecting the borders of Israel, as we speak today. We salute them all.
And the members of our security forces, the Shin Bet and the Mossad, whose head is with us today. We salute you all, all of you.
We gather here today to celebrate another historic day in the life of this city which I know will take its place alongside other momentous decisions in the history of our people.
Over a century ago, the Balfour Declaration recognized the right of the Jewish people to a national home in this land. And exactly 70 years ago today, President Truman became the first world leader to recognize the newborn Jewish state.
Last December, President Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital. And today, the United States of America is opening its embassy right here in Jerusalem.
Thank you. Thank you, President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises.
Thank you, President Trump, and thank you all, for making the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever.
And thank you — a special thank you to you, Ambassador Friedman. Thank you, David, for everything you do to bring our countries and our peoples closer together.
Today, you have a special privilege: You are privileged to become the first American ambassador to serve your country in Jerusalem, and this is a distinct honor that will be yours forever. Nobody can be first again.
Thank you, David.
My friends, this is a great day for Israel. It’s a great day for America. It’s a great day for our fantastic partnership. But I believe it’s also a great day for peace.
I want to thank Jared, Jason and David for your tireless efforts to advance peace, and for your tireless efforts to advance the truth.
The true — the truth and peace are interconnected. A peace that is built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern realities. You can only build peace on truth. And the truth is that Jerusalem has been, and will always be, the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state.
Truth, peace and justice — as our justice here, Hanan Melcer, can attest, truth, peace and justice, this is what we have and this is what we believe in.
The prophet Zechariah declared over 2,500 years ago (UNTRANSLATED), “So said the LORD, I will return to Zion and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth.”
May the opening of this embassy in this city spread the truth far and wide. And may the truth advance a lasting peace between Israel and all our neighbors.
God bless the United States of America and God bless Jerusalem, the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.
Vice President Pence praised the President and cheered the opening of our new embassy.
Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction. And fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace. https://t.co/u4wNzgrYP4
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 14, 2018
Even Democrat Senate leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had to stop his attacks on the President for a moment to praise Trump for his bravery and willingness to keep his promise.
Schumer: In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital. I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 14, 2018
Folks, Jerusalem is where the Israeli government is located, it’s the heart of the nation, it’s a multi-cultural melting pot, it’s the heart of democracy in the Middle East, and it’s where our embassy belongs.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin also spoke and delivered another moving speech that should remind us all of what is at stake here, Jerusalem is the spiritual, historic, and emotional capital of Israel. It’s where the Jewish people belong.
We can debate whether or not the timing was right. We can debate whether the move is a worthwhile one politically. We can debate if it makes peace in the Middle East more or less likely. But the one thing that doesn’t seem up for debate is whether or not this move was the logical and moral one.
Just listen to these speeches and witness what is happening on the streets of Jerusalem and consider how well Israel has shepherded their nation, and all its diverse peoples, over the last 70 years. In the Middle East, Israel is a unique place. Only in Israel can Jews, Christians, Muslims, Zoroastrians, and atheists coexist peacefully. Only in Israel can homosexuals live without fear of being thrown from a rooftop, only in Israel can the transgendered walk the streets without fear of abuse or persecution. Only in Israel can people of all faiths worship freely and without fear of oppression.
Only in Israel.
It is both right and proper that we do all within our power to defend, and support our friends in Israel because without them this world would be a far darker and more dangerous place.
Article posted with permission from Constitution.com