American Embassy In Jerusalem.

Imagine that the Middle East is a packed playground of unruly children. To give some perspective, Israel would be the size of a single swing. 

Now, this single swing is rusted and empty. There are some children that come by and take a quick ride every once in a while, but it’s clear that no one is all that interested in the squeaky old swing. 

Suddenly a kid takes an interest. He polishes the swing up and oils it so it no longer squeaks. Now the rest of the kids are paying attention. As soon as the kid climbs on the swing, the other children try to shove him off. They threaten him, telling him to give up the swing or pay the price. All the other children gang up on the kid but he stands his ground and defends his swing.

What would any responsible adult do if every child on the playground was threatening the kid-Israel for being on the swing?

Well, the first thing would be to try and negotiate some peace. 

The adult is ambiguous at first, not saying whether the swing belongs to the kid, or if the other children should have the right to take it from him. Instead, the adult tries to negotiate without stating who has a right to the swing.

The adult offers a plan in which the kid could play on the slide while the children use the swing. The kid is willing, but the children threaten to punch his lights out as soon as he steps away from the swing.

The Adult points out that the other children have the entire playground, even other swings, and the kid only has this one swing. The children don’t care, they want the kid gone. 

The Adult tries to negotiate a way for the children and the kid to take turns, the kid is willing, but the children say, “no peace with the kid, no recognition of the kid, and no negotiations with the kid.”

Seriously, that’s what the Middle East nations have said about Israel. 

The adult points out, “none of you wanted the swing until kid-Israel was on it. You’re all being very unfair.” It doesn’t matter, they are poised ready for an attack.

Despite the best efforts of the adult, there is no agreement. The children go on being belligerent so the adult has to stand by the kid as he swings. The other children still hurl insults but none of them will try anything while the adult is there. 

Something occurs to the adult as she stands there next to the kid watching him swing. The adult realizes that she was ambiguous about whether or not the kid had a right to the swing. She decides to make another attempt at negotiating peace. 

The adult has had plenty of time to see how dangerous the children are, and the only way to keep the peace is to declare that the swing belongs to the kid once and for all.  She’s tried everything else. 
In her mind, the adult wishes she didn’t have to do this, but it seems that it’s the only option to avoid the kid’s imminent beating.

The adult calls all the children back together and says, “This swing belongs to the kid. No if's and's or but's. I officially recognize the kid’s right to this swing.” 

The other children go ballistic. They stomp and hollerer and throw things. They even bite and scratch one another. They get together and take a vote that unanimously proves that the adult is a snot-drinking meany head. Even still, the adult stands her ground and the children keep their distance. 

The adult is tired of the conflict but she knows she has to stand her ground or the kid and some of the other children will get seriously hurt.

So, here’s the point.  

For 50 years, the west has tried to negotiate peace without officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. We’ve tried it and it hasn’t worked. 

It’s nearly impossible to negotiate when there is no definition of what belongs to whom.  Imagine trying to negotiate the sale of a car without being able to prove you own the car. 

In 1995 the American Congress voted to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to upgrade our consulate to an embassy. It took nearly 20 years for an American President to announce the official recognition.  In fact, every president since 1995 has put off the announcement in hopes that it would foster a peace deal, but their silence on the matter didn’t work. 

It’s hoped that this new move, this recognition will help in the peace negotiations by giving definition to what belongs to whom. Will it work? I don’t know. 

Since what we’ve been doing for 50 years hasn’t worked, it seems that it’s time to try something else. This is the something else. I truly hope it works.

One things for sure though. If that adult stepped away from the swing and said, “free for all” the children would beat the living daylights out of the kid. In the same way, If the US stepped away from Israel and officially denounced Israel’s right to exist it would be a waylay. Many surrounding nations have declared their intentions to obliterate Israel. And I believe they’d do it, if the didn’t think we’d turn them into a crater. 

I mean think about it. We have three options. We can cut ties with Israel, and lots of people die. We could continue our ambiguous stance on who owns Jerusalem, and people will continue to get stabbed in the street as tensions run high, or we could try something new, a stronger stance.  

I for one am glad to see that we’re trying something new. Will it work? Like I said, I don’t know. Since nothing else has worked, I think it’s worth a shot. 

Let me leave you with this:

Israel has only ever had one Capital: Jerusalem

Jerusalem has never been anyone’s capital but Israel’s.

There was never a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as it’s capital… actually there’s never been a Palestinian state. 

It might surprise you to find out that I view the Palestinians as the victims here… but not in the way you might think. It’s my opinion that the Palestinians are not the victims of Israel’s dubious machinations, but instead the victims of the entire middle East’s desire to obliterate Israel. 

It seems to me that the Middle East has chosen to use the Palestinians as a tool to perpetuate their anti-semitic agenda. I view the Palestinians as the victims of the militant nations to whom they listen closely.