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Should the administration have moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?

On Monday, May 14, 2018, President Donald Trump fulfilled one of his promises from the campaign trail to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This area of the world has been fraught with conflict, much of which stems from the creation of the state of Israel after World War II. Although Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the city has been home to a violent power struggle between Arabs and Jews, causing the United States to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.

Those against the move believe that this will cause further conflict and violence in the Middle East. Opponents also believe that the move demonstrates a bias toward the Jewish population of the area, rather than staying neutral. Those in support of the move believe that it is only right to have the U.S. embassy in the capital of the country, regardless of the political ramifications. They also believe the move could be seen as an affirmation of power for the government of Israel, as all of its other agencies are housed in Jerusalem.

What do you think? Do you agree with the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem?

Current Standings:
Yes: 48%
No: 52%
  • Alex from California

    In order to solve many of the conflicts in the Middle East, the US must ensure that they have a strong alliance with Israel because they are the only country there not affiliated with terrorism that serves as a global issue. However, the alliance has been significantly harmed because the US took part in the Iran Deal. Moving the embassy to Israel will reestablish strong ties the US once had. Together they will be able to work together well to suppress radical Islamic terrorism within Palestine and Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah. These groups have disrupted all the peaceful negotiations that was made in the past like the Camp David and Geneva Accords so there is a need to side with Israel in this issue.
    Also, Jerusalem is historically Israel’s capital because it has been this way for hundreds of years until the Romans forcefully killed the Jewish people and had them leave their country, which is known as the diaspora. The Israelis people since then put efforts for thousands of years to regain the country and capital they lost and Palestine has continued to ignore this fact. Therefore, we cannot maintain a neutral stance on this issue because doing so has not solved anything for 70 years reducing the acts of terrorism by Hamas on Israel’s territory.

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  • Steven Ismael from Maryland

    An embassy is placed in the capital of each country. Historically, in terms of Jerusalem, it has been a spiritual center of the Jewish people since c. 1000 BCE, when King David of Israel first declared it as the capital of the Jewish Nation. In religious terms, Jerusalem is found 667 times in the Bible, but is never mentioned in the Quran. Politically, international law recognizes the Jewish claim to Jerusalem through events and groups such as San Remo, the League of Nations, and the United Nations, but avoids spurring tension stating that they only wish for people to have their civil and religious rights should be respected. Israel has been flexible to recognize other religions rights to the extent of limiting themselves to their sites such as the Jewish Temple. Although the act by Donald Trump has created violent tension between the Palestinians and the Jews, a bold move, it has been promised by many US presidents before him that it would one day happen. This strengthens US and Israel’s tie as allies.

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  • Juan from Texas

    Yes the unite states as a sovereign nation can decide where to put an embassy, As the recognition of Jerusalem I think that was also the right move , historically and religiously jeruslem is the capital of Israel, king David took it from the jesubites and named it the capital of the state of Israel, after Israel’s independence in 1948, the city should have been Israel’s official capital but Palestinians claimed it to be theirs, now Jerusalem being the capital of Israel benefits more the global community and also the people in the city rather than belonging to the terrorist nation of Palestine who are notorious for implanting terror also taking into account that Israel is America’s biggest ally on the region

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    • Jeffrey from Alabama

      Andy from California, America has been historically a Judeo-Christian nation, and the Constitution back this up. Morality in the United States derives from God’s words about basic things like truth, life, and theft. Compared to let’s say knowing the size of the Earth, we can take photographs or measure the planet, but there are no calculations, no measurements that can prove murder, or theft, or rape is wrong. Thus, God stepped in and said “Thou shall not kill [for an unjustifiable reason]” (Exodus 20:13) and the founding fathers, and anyone not feeble minded, agreed and added that to the constitution. The first amendment prevents the government from providing indulgences, just like the Roman Catholic church did for centuries.

      By the way, Hamas were terrorizing Israelis for some time, and the people who died in the Gaza Strip recently weren’t civilians, but terrorists. You may call us right wing nuts but we at least we don’t live in a high tax socialist heck hole.

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      Andy from California, America has been historically a Judeo-Christian nation, and the Constitution back this up. Morality in the United States derives…

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    • Andy from California

      Jeremy from Maryland has the best rebuttal to this argument. You’ve tried to justify this move based on religious principles found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The First Amendment of the Constitution specifically prohibits the establishment of a religion as a basis of government policy, for this very reason. You sound like a right-winger to me, and I suppose you’re also one of those “strict-constructionists” who want the Constitution to be interpreted literally. In which case, stop hypocritically cherry-picking what you want to follow and not follow. Secondly, stop slandering Palestine as a “terrorist nation”. It’s insulting, degrading, dishonest, misleading, and totally below the intelligence level that is expected in civil discourse. Right-wingers like yourself commonly claim that Palestine isn’t a nation, so why are you contradicting yourself right now? The vast majority of Palestinians are not members of Hamas or commit terrorist attacks. In fact, on casualty count alone, the evidence shows insane disproportionate use of force by Israel, which commonly murders innocent civilians. Your selective outrage on the murder of civilians, holding Palestinians to a false standard and holding the Israelis to no standard, exposes the utter illogicality of your argument and discounts your words from having any truthful merit.

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      Jeremy from Maryland has the best rebuttal to this argument. You’ve tried to justify this move based on religious principles found in the Old Testamen…

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  • Theodore from Wisconsin

    It seems strange at first for the Trump administration to have made such a drastic and politically charged move. There are plenty of legitimate arguments for why this was the wrong choice. However, the establishment of the US. Embassy in Jerusalem makes much more sense once you line it up with a long-held principle. The nation of Israel is widely recognized as the last bastion of democracy in the middle east. It would only make sense for the United States, the “leader of the free world,” to act in support of Israel. This relationship with Israel has been historically balanced out by western civilization’s dependence on OPEC nations and their natural resources; this necessitates that the US have reasonably friendly relations with nations like Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who are also sworn enemies of Israel. There’s little doubt that this action has eroded the relationship between the US and these middle eastern countries – so what is the gain? There was actually a bill passed in 1995 under the Clinton Administration to do this very thing we’re talking about. But Clinton was too busy with domestic issues, W Bush was too busy with terrorism, and Obama purposefully skirted the issue. Now the reins have fallen on Trump, and knowing his very strong beliefs on Israel, the move again makes sense. This was done based on a principle, the principle that Western democracy needs to survive. When Israel loses support from nations like the US, that only opens up the opportunity for Palestine to overtake Israel, hastening the advance of Sharia Law into Europe and the rest of the world. All partisanship aside, the US does not, and never has wanted Israel to fall. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem establishes that the US will unceasingly stand with free democracies in today’s world.

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    • Andy from California

      Productive debates require a baseline in order for them to have purpose and meaning. That baseline is honesty. Your entire speech willfully neglects the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while spouting the same discredited and disproven propaganda of Likud, AIPAC, and other hard-right, Zionist organizations and political parties. The reality is, Israel calling itself a democracy is laughable and a disgrace. Israel refuses to grant voting rights to the very Palestinians in the West Bank, which Israel claims as its own land. The definition of a democracy is a society in which the citizens are allowed to vote. The occupation of another people and the denial of their suffrage flies in the face of democracy. If Israel claims it is a democracy, why does it continue to illegally occupy the West Bank? You cannot be both “Jewish” and “democratic”. A country based on an ethnic group or a religion is inherently undemocratic because it denies those very voting rights to people who do not share the religious beliefs or ethnic heritage of the majority population. Also, it is patently false to claim that Israel is the “only democracy” in the Middle East. Iran has presidential elections, a nation that you conservatives love to villify and attack with partisan, warmongering rhetoric. So is Lebanon. So is the West Bank. So is Iraq. Next time you try to defend the aggressive and biased actions of the President, at least stick to the facts, and don’t invent new ones or use lazy, recycled, partisan rhetoric.

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  • Arik from New Jersey

    Just because many middle eastern countries are against the move to Jerusalem, we need to assert Israel’s place in the middle east and show they have our support.

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  • Nitzan from New Jersey

    This is a very complex move that cam change a lot of things. The only problem with the move would be the hindrance of peace it could cause. Since peace has been suggested and negotiated so many times and never accepted by the palestinians I don’t think the move actually made a significant impact. The palestinians were protesting anyway.

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    This is a very complex move that cam change a lot of things. The only problem with the move would be the hindrance of peace it could cause. Since peac…

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  • Stephanie from New Jersey

    I support the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will help America gain a stronger bond with Israel. This also showed that the embassy recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which in Jewish History Israel is known the capital, so America recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also shows America bond with the Jews of not only the US but around the world. Since, the Jews have been persecuted and kicked out of their homes for so many years it is important the the world recognizes Israel as the home of the Jewish people.

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  • Beth from Ohio

    We should always have an Embassy in main cities. We didn’t need to move the Embassy. We should’ve just opened a 2nd one. Not any different than any where else when there is such a large population to serve. Our presence in both would’ve been better.

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    We should always have an Embassy in main cities. We didn’t need to move the Embassy. We should’ve just opened a 2nd one. Not any different than any wh…

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  • Isaac from New York

    Every country that we have an embassy in, the embassy is in the capital. So I think that we should have the embassy in Israel in its capital, Jerusalem; despite what the U.N. or any other country is saying. We can and should be able to make our own decisions without having permission from the U.N.

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    Every country that we have an embassy in, the embassy is in the capital. So I think that we should have the embassy in Israel in its capital, Jerusale…

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  • Kamryn from Virginia

    I totally agree the U.S. Embassy should have been moved to Jerusalem because it is the capitol of Israel. As a nation, the Jewish people should be respected and acknowledged and all of their land should be recognized as their land. No other country, or state is disrespected by others not wanting to recognize them. What would it look like if the capitol of the United States was in Australia or any other country. The capitol is the hub of all countries and Israel has this same right and Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people The United States must stand up for what is right and protect our allies. This is one decision that our President got right. We must align with countries that have our best interest at heart and vice versa. Israel has always fought for their identity, they won the war and are still not “free” to stand tall as a nation. Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel!!!

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    I totally agree the U.S. Embassy should have been moved to Jerusalem because it is the capitol of Israel. As a nation, the Jewish people should be re…

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  • Dylan from New York

    Moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was the right decision. In 1995 Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel. This law was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, passed the Senate 93-5 and the House of Representatives 374-37. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barrack Obama all promised to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They all used waivers allowed on the Jerusalem Embassy Act to prevent moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. President Trump was only one who stood up for a true ally and fulfilled his campaign promise. The United States should side with Israel over Palestine. Israel cooperates in fighting Radical Islamic Terrorism and oppose Iran which is a terrorist nation that chants “Death to America”. On the other hand Palestine funds HAMAS which is a terrorist group. HAMAS is responsible for killing thousands of innocent civilians with rocket attacks. Israel is a predominantly Jewish country and Palestine is a predominantly Muslim country. Jerusalem is important to the Jewish religion since it is mentioned in the Bible/Torah 600 times and is not mentioned at all in the Quran. The City of Jerusalem is 61% Jewish and only 37% Arab. America’s allies should always know that their are valued and our enemies should be afraid. This why moving our embassy to Jerusalem and standing with an ally is the right choice.

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  • Eric from Virginia

    First of all, it needs to be clarified that moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has been US policy for decades. Kudos to President Trump for turning a popular talking point (at least in this country) into reality. Unfortunately, violence in the Middle East is nothing new and the previous strategies of appeasing those countries intent on annihilating Israel have failed. Perhaps this act of strength and defiance towards those countries will have a more peaceful outcome than those opposed to this move expect. It has been seen time and again that “carrying a big stick” very often leads to a respectful fear that can hold otherwise violent regimes at bay. Additionally, Israel is one of the United States greatest allies and to stand with them will hopefully act as a strong deterrent against planned attacks on Israel. The protests surrounding the move did sadly result in violence and death but without the vision of hindsight, who can say if the violence could have been prevented by caving to the demands of the Palestinians? They have been known to plant women and children in harm’s way just to try and garner the sympathy from the West and unfortunately, moving the embassy or not, is not likely to change that practice. Let’s hope that Trump’s show of strength will spur some peaceful talks between Israel and Palestine in the long run, much like what we are seeing between North and South Korea and North Korea and the US. The many years of appeasement have not done much to further peace in the Middle East so perhaps it’s time for a new strategy.

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  • Blake from Texas

    The relocation of the US-Israel Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is arguably one of the best decisions for long term peace in the Middle East. Aside from the religious connections to the Torah and Bible, it is important to view the issues from multiple lenses. The multi-state system has not worked. Jerusalem is not technically owned by any country, as it is a UN territory under international control. For this reason, the move is perfectly reasonable. The United States is one of the few countries that stands in support of Israel, and we owe the Jews that call it home our support for the atrocities they faced in World War 2. No other group can claim such an oppressed history as ethnic Jews can. With all the talk of reparations for universal wrongings that are going on today, it seems like the humanitarian thing to do. No, we aren’t moving Israel’s capital. No, we don’t condone the massacre of Palestinians. And no, we aren’t saying that Jews are more important than Arabs. We are a trend setter; a global example in policy. Guatemala and Paraguay have already followed our example and moved their embassies into Jerusalem as well. President Trump merely acted in what he and many others feel is the best course of action moving forward.

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  • Esther from New Jersey

    Yes, I do agree with the decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. Before I explain my vote, we have to consider the fact that some people are bias, and vote according to their beliefs, which is not enough support for there answer. We must consider the fact that in almost all of the countries around the world the United States embassy is located in the country’s capital. An example, the embassy in England is located in London, England’s capital: the embassy in France is located in Paris; and so on and so forth. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, it is where many American tourists go when they visit the country, therefore due to its location and convenience it should be located in Jerusalem. Tel Aviv is not capital of Jerusalem, and not as guarded as Jerusalem so once again the embassy should be in Jerusalem. In response to some of the arguments for the “NO” side many of these responses are bias to religious affiliation, therefore it should not be valid. The Jews never complained about the embassy that was once in Tel Aviv. This change just facilitated the lives of many. As for Palestine, it is not a recognized state and having an embassy there would be very dangerous due to people’s liking or not of America. One minute they can be alright with the President’s decision, but if not they will just go and destroy the place. As they did during the protest they got very violent and many people died. Many tourists would not want or be able to go to Palestine due to its unstable citizens behavior. This action of moving the embassy has nothing to due with not respecting the Palestinians or their piece of the land. We are not debating whether or not the land of Israel belongs to the Jews or Palestinians. The United States does in fact have the right to decide where they want their embassy to be located, and it has chosen a much better and safer place. Israel is recognized as a nation and therefore has the right to have an American embassy located in its own capital. For these reasons and many more I have concluded the fact the indeed the United States has made the right decision concerning where its embassy should be located, and that is Jerusalem.

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    • Sophie from Oregon

      I’m sorry, is tourism the only thing that determines the value of a citizenry? Jerusalem is disputed territory, unlike London and Paris which have been the capitals of those nations for hundreds of years. Many tourists go to Tel Aviv as well. And I would argue that Jerusalem is much more dangerous than Tel Aviv. Already, this has become the bloodiest dispute over Jerusalem in years. Just because you favor the Israelis over the Palestinians does not mean that Palestinian lives are not valid. And as for the validity of opinions related to religious affiliation, I would like to remind you that this is an opinionated debate. Opinions are based on an individual’s experiences and convictions. So when asked our opinion, we reply with our opinion. And even if you or I disagree with it, it’s still valid. Otherwise, great thoughts and good luck.

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    • Deedee from New Mexico

      Israel was formed after World War II as a Jewish state. I’m not saying that only a religious view is a valid option, but I do think a religious view should be a valid option. I think the fact that I’m Jewish should not make my opinion unvalid. Everybody’s opinions are important. I disagree with a lot of my Jewish friends on this point. Not all people of every religion agree on something. Israel is a very special place in my heart and religions are important politically. This is why pro choice versus pro life is a big deal. Though I disagree with a lot of people because of what their religion says I still think your points valid. The fact that people police are influenced by their religion should not be a sticking point. Those opinions are worth just as much and are just as valid. Religion is a big deal in Israel, it is a Jewish state. I had my bat mitzvah when I was 13, I am religious and cultural vice President at my Hebrew school youth group. And I don’t think that my religion gives me a bias I think it gives me a point of view. And I don’t think that my religion gives me a bias I think it gives me a point of view that I need to express. My religion gives me the opportunity to learn about things in a different way.

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  • Jeremy from Maryland

    According to past politicians and International Organizations such as NATO and The United Nations: We, The United States of America should not stir trouble with other nations. While many US Embassy Consulates are in the capital city of those nations, those same nations do not have a major importance to the majority of the human population, as Jerusalem does. Since Jerusalem has a major religious importance that impacts a majority of citizens around the Earth, and with the United States Constitution stating in the 1st Amendment that The United States Government cannot interfere on the basis of religion. If someone were to sue The United States Government for abridging their rights upon the basis of religion, this move would be declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Thus making the moving of the US Embassy Consulate to a heavily influenced city of Religion not a good choice, on top of it being Unconstitutional.

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  • Sophie from Oregon

    I have gone back and forth on this issue many times, but I have to say no. I support our alliance with Israel but I don’t like their behavior and I feel as though this only gave them more confidence. The loss of life over this issue isn’t worth it. The real question here is whether or not we should have declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. The embassy in Tel Aviv was serving its purpose and I’m sure our consulate in Jerusalem was doing just fine as well. This was not necessarily the physical move, but the symbolism of what an embassy means. We did stay true to the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, but I am hesitant to say yes because of the political situation. I think that the Muslims and Arabs are reacting mostly out of religious belief but also out of disdain for other American actions in the region. Clearly the Iranians are not here to support American actions right now, so their response was expected. My reasons for saying no stem from my belief that foreign affairs should be collaborative and not one nation alone. I love diplomacy and I love picking apart issues and that’s why these things are never black and white. From what I’ve read, an objective description of Gaza sounds like what was described in one of the articles above. “An open-air prison.” There are way too many people in way too small of a space. There is a population crisis, a food crisis, and an education crisis. The United Nations essentially runs the education system in Gaza. The Palestinians have a right to be upset. I in no way support the riotous protesting or the shooting and I definitely don’t support Hamas. But these people are people. Another reason I said no. Robert Jeffress, the man who blessed the opening of the embassy. It concerns me that a man who claims to be a pastor, a man who clearly has no understanding of the Gospel, is “spiritual counselor” to our president. Coming from a Christian home, I understand that all people, regardless of race, gender, or religion can be saved. It calls for a radical life change, accepting Jesus as Savior and finding Total Truth in God’s Word, but no one is too far gone. I don’t think that in the decision to move the embassy will lose us any allies. What I’ve observed is that the international relations game is all about what can benefit our nation. We can see this historically and recently. For example, Saudi Arabia’s support for the American withdrawal from the Iran deal and their disdain for the embassy move. Overall, I think that this move only added tension to the region. Action had to be taken and this is why I almost said yes. Because action had to be taken but at the same time, I have no idea what. I suppose all we can do is wait and see what will happen with this brand new embassy. The damage has been done and all we can do is move forward with an alert mind.

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    • Caroline from Kentucky

      i believe the US should advocate for the rights of all citizens in the Middle east to further the goals of representative democracy and self determination. This applies to peoples of all religious or ethic persuasions and this democracy and openness to multiculturalism are sadly lacking from most of the repressive governments in the Middle east that we hold up as foes as well as our allies. If we choose to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel we should so the same for the Palestinians as well.

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    • Alex from California

      Your statement would be correct if collaborative efforts with other nations will allow to establish peace in the Middle East. However, the US, EU,and several other organizations have endlessly attempted to negotiate between Palestine and Israel, mainly the Camp David and Geneva Accords, and has not been successful. It is now time to utilize a different method instead of staying neutral because regardless of the religious conflicts inside, the US must put the deaths of civilians at top priority. As countries struggle to find the solutions, other Middle countries have attacked Israel with terrorists like the Hamas and Hezbollah or actually caused war to remove them (Example: Yom Kippur War). Israel has never declared war against the Palestinians and other Middle East countries and always put efforts to protect their country, which resulted in deaths of Palestinian people who strongly followed the ways of martyrdom. Although Israel does have faults and the movement of the embassy did incite conflicts, there is a need to find the alternative that will solve this problem efficiently and quickly as possible. Provocative moves like this can establish peace because no outside country has taken strong initiative like this one until now. All the other countries chose to remain neutral and not make any big moves to solve this problem. For example, in the conflict between South and North Korea, the Obama administration did their best not to incite North Korea by using strategic endurance, which is the policy of not taking any action regardless of the nuclear experiments they were conducting. However, the Trump administration solved this in one year by directly using economic sanctions and military threats that they will attack North Korea. As a result, a summit between US and N.K. is being held in June 12 to negotiate getting rid of the weapons when N.K for the past years have never expressed any willingness to get rid of their nuclear bombs. Similar to this, the movement of the embassy is a move in which the US gets directly associated with this conflict and a continuation of sanctions and military pressures like what Trump did to N.K will force the Hamas and other Palestinians following their ways to surrender and take action to negotiate ways for peace

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    • Isaac from New York

      Dear Sophie,
      I disagreed with what you said, “foreign affairs should be collaborative and not one nation alone.” the United States should be able to make their own decisions without going to the U.N. You have to face it, the U.N. is just an organ with no back bone. It does virtually nothing to help with world peace. The only difference between the League of Nations and the United Nations is that the U.N. is still exists and the League of Nations does not. I also come from a Christian home and understand the Bible very well. The U.N. is setting up the world for a one world government and religion. That will be run by the antichrist. Also the bible says that, “Isaac’s seed (Israel) and Ishmael’s seed ( Muslims) will always be at war with another. We can’t change what the Bible says no matter what we do or don’t do. The Bible also says that the nation that blesses Israel will also be blessed, but the nation that curses Israel will be cursed. I don’t know about you but I am thankful that we have a President that supports Israel. And because of that we will have God’s blessing on America.
      Sincerely Isaac S.

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  • Rose from Idaho

    The two-state solution was supposed to have solved this issue already. When Israel was created, the United Nations declared that the Jewish population would have its own area of the country, and the Palestinian population would have their respective area. This action is a direct refutation of that policy and says to the Palestinians that the United States has no interest in them, despite their rightful inhabitance.

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  • Juliah from Wisconsin

    I feel as though that the US has no place in meddling with this issue. The Israeli-Palistinian conflict has been going on for 70 years and the choice to move the embassy to Jerusalem was poorly planned out. Trump and other supporters I believe are biased toward the Israeli people and don’t like the Palestinian people solely based on their religion, Muslim. I mean… Trump and his partners are very harsh and hateful toward muslim people and I think this was just another cruel way to hurt muslim people. This is also a decision made by a guy who called Nazis “very fine people”.

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  • Ryan from New Jersey

    By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital, it creates a lot of problems because it recognizes Israel the owner of the Holy Land, not Palestine. That creates lots of controversy and that has a negative impact on the world

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  • Milo from New Jersey

    The civil dispute is not another issue that we should massively involve ourselves in, and with this you push away talks and validify Israeli claims to Jerusalem, which will cause more conflict in the long run.

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  • Olivia from New Jersey

    When Trump moved the embassy, I feel as though he was just igniting the fire.There is enough violence and anger going on and by moving it, it is just making it worse. The embassy should have not been moved to a predominantly Jewish community. This shows biased. He should be building allies not making haters.

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  • Nick from New Jersey

    This brings more tension to Israel as a whole as Jerusalem is a historic site for both jews and Palestinian. This is also about saving lives as Palestinian protests killed hundreds of people. I think that Trump moved the embassy to get the Jews votes.

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  • Will from New Jersey

    No

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  • Marino from Oregon

    The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been fraught with morally gray areas, but I can say decisively that the decision made by the Trump administration to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was a terrible one. By doing so, the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which angers the Palestinians, who view the city as sacred to Islam. One of the worst ramifications of this decision is that it completely halted the peace process as it’s now impossible for the Palestinians to view the US as a neutral arbitrator of this centuries-long conflict, likely prolonging and worsening this complex standoff.

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  • Makayla from Massachusetts

    Were moving a place that is important to their people where they don’t want it to be. Since the embassy is in Israel they should be able to decide where they want their embassy to be. It seems like people in Israel don’t want it moved so don’t move it.

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  • Deedee from New Mexico

    I am Jewish. I spent every Sunday growing up learning about Israel and its history. Some of my best friends in the world live in Israel. Last week my grandma visited Israel. For some people my religion might seem like a biased but I think it gives me a unique perspective. The Palestinian/Israeli conflict has been going on for a long time now. I strongly believe in finding a solution to this major conflict and putting the US Embassy in Jerusalem and stirs the pot it doesn’t help to settle it. I walked into My religious school youth group 2 weeks ago on a Wednesday afternoon. I took a slice of pizza and an ice cream cone and I sat down with people with their own unique perspectives on this. This discussion made me realize that there is so much controversy and difficulty in finding solutions but this is not an excuse. Jerusalem is a holy land for so many people not just mine. Moving our US Embassy to Jerusalem unfairly fevers the Israeli people over the Palestinians. I think the best solution to this conflict would be a two state solution were The holy section of Jerusalem is controlled by an unbiased force like the UN. I think eventually this could become its own country like the Vatican. I really do not think that the US Embassy should’ve been moved to Jerusalem because turmoil it’s scared my parents and I for the sake of my grandmother and instead of helping the situation it only made it worse.

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  • Roshni from North Carolina

    Well Jerusalem has been a place of religious conflict for many years as it technically is the root of two major religions. Namely Judaism and Christianity. There have been many wars fought over this “holy land” and a few even involved believers of Islam.
    The United States of America currently is the worlds only ‘superpower’ and every action that is taken may have major impacts. The UN apparently solved the problem by giving Jews and Palestinians their parts of the land however this did not solve the issue. And the battle between people with religious beliefs went on
    We also know that the Constitution of America does not give the government the right to interfere on the basis of religion therefore if it was stated otherwise the supreme court would have interjected.
    Keeping all these facts in mind one can not help but wonder the true reason why President Trump made this move knowing the trickle down effect which will have an impact on not only the Israelite but also people ll over the world as Jerusalem is the birthplace of the biggest religion at this point in the world namely Christianity.

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  • Deena from Texas

    To understand the gravity of this decision, it is important to understand the history of this long-standing conflict. The year Israel was founded in 1948, over 700,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes. The borders for Palestine and Israel were drawn by the UN in 1967, but the loss of Palestinian land since then has been staggering. In 2016, a UN resolution passed deeming it illegal for Israel to continue the growth and development of settlements on Palestinian land, but even this continues today with no ramifications. In addition, the living conditions of Gaza are horrendous and worsening– a UN study shows that it will be unlivable by 2020.
    Despite this, Trump has already cut funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (money that would have gone toward providing food and education aid in Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon) by more than half, decreasing it to $60 million. Meanwhile, the US annually donates $3 billion in military aid to Israel, not including the $17 billion promised to them in 2017, to be given over the next 10 years. It is preposterous to say that the US administration has taken a neutral stance on this conflict when Palestinians face a horrendous daily reality while Israel is given the largest military aid package in US history.
    Trump’s hasty decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem only further solidifies this image of a horribly biased administration and sends a message to Palestinians that their religious claim to East Jerusalem simply doesn’t matter. Trump’s disregard for the overwhelming UN vote to condemn the embassy move (128-9) only sheds more light on this prejudice. Arguments in favor of the embassy move mostly religious foundations, but we cannot simply disregard not only Palestinian religious claims, but also their lives. The blatant, ugly truth is that this move escalated tension in the region and caused mass death of Palestinians.
    To say that this move is for the “greater good,” is to say that Palestinian lives do not matter, but this message is not new for Palestinians. During the marches recently, the US blocked a UN bill that would allow an investigation into the deaths of unarmed Palestinian protestors and journalists. While both Palestinians and Israelis have been affected by this 70 year conflict, there is a clear disproportionality in both the death toll and global response for Palestinians.
    As Nelson Mandela once stated, “our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of Palestinians,” and the road to justice for both parties does not begin with a reckless decision that appeases one side and blatantly disregards global outcry and human lives for the other.

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  • Andy from California

    The vast majority of the world, including the entire rest of the UN Security Council, has not moved their embassies to Jerusalem. If this decision is so fair and common sense as the Trump Administration claims it is, then how come we are so alone in making this decision? The Trump Administration’s hypocrisy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict knows no ends. He brashly paints all Palestinians as terrorists despite Hamas being a small portion of actual Palestinian resistance. He justifies the illegal Israeli expansionism and ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, which also violates international law. And he denies and delegitimizes the historical claim that Muslims and Palestinians have to East Jerusalem. By moving the embassy to Jerusalem, the President has destroyed America’s previous reputation as a impartial mediator towards peace, and instead exposed himself and his entire administration as lapdogs of the Israeli Lobby in DC and Netanyahu’s corrupt administration.

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