As a candidate and as president, Donald J Trump has said many foolish and untrue things but on some big issues he has kept promises.
Yesterday was the seventieth anniversary of the modern state of Israel and Mr. Trump has moved the American Embassy in that country from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Is this a good thing?
It depends on whom you ask. The French say no with their foreign ministry issuing this; “It is urgent to recreate the conditions necessary for a search for a political solution, in a region already marked by strong tensions.”
It is important to be concerned with what France thinks of our actions but we should also begin to understand France as an anti-Semitic country.
In modern times, Jews are leaving France in increasing numbers. Whereas about 1900 Jews left France in 2011, about 8000 took that route in 2015.
When the European Union studied the prevalence of anti-Semitism in 2013, it found that 74% of Jews in France avoid openly identifying themselves as Jewish at least some of the time, and more than a quarter of French Jews always do.
One, a Jew who left France for Israel a few years back said he never wore his religious skullcap in public. “You have to watch out. You have to protect the children because of fights in the metro and on the buses.”
We are not saying that criticism of Israel or this embassy move is anti-Semitic.
We are saying that anti-Semitic people are probably more likely than others to criticize Israel whose population is three-fourth Jewish. We also hold that while not entitled to any theological justification for its actions, Israel is entitled to be compared with other countries instead of some utopian ideal.
We see that country as a multi-party, democratic nation with free speech, a free press, a domestic opposition and an independent judiciary and civil rights. We see its neighbors as too rooted in seventh century religious ideology.
Mr. Trump’s actions also have significance in the American political scene and will tend to be more favored by his own party that the Democrats.
In 2014: The Pew poll shows that most Americans support Israel over the Palestinians but that the support is significantly stronger among Republicans than Democrats. Pew also shows that this disparity of support between Republicans and Democrats is growing.
On this, President Trump was more a person of his word than than these three predecessors.``
Within the Democratic Party, one side is represented a group at their 2012 convention which blocked party endorsement of Jerusalem as the capital.
The other side is championed by Senator Chuck Schumer who said yesterday: “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.”
Our view: in a cynical time, it is good that elected officials keep their word and Mr. Trump made recognition of Jerusalem a campaign promise.
So did others: George W. Bush said in 2000 that “as soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the U.S. ambassador to the city that Israel has chosen as its capital.” Bill Clinton said he supported “the principle” of moving the embassy there. Barack Obama was more careful, saying, that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel.”
Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama, however, never followed through.
On this, President Trump was more a person of his word than than these three predecessors.
Mr. Trump may be misleading us or lying about Stormy Daniels but he kept his promise on Jerusalem.