Should U.S. Move Its Embassy to Jerusalem?- Letter to Editor in Wall Street Journal 10-30-17

Moving the embassy won’t hinder any “peace proces

Oct. 29, 2017 11:06 a.m. ET

Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro has it exactly backward (“Move the Embassy to Jerusalem and Promote Peace,” (op-ed, Oct. 25). The U.S. should move its embassy to Jerusalem because the U.S. Embassy Relocation Act mandates it. Additionally, a united Jerusalem has been the heart of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years and is the actual capital of the state of Israel—not Tel Aviv where our embassy is now. The U.S. has its embassy in the capital of every other country.

Moving the embassy won’t hinder any “peace process.” The Palestinian Arabs have rejected a Palestinian state side-by-side with Israel six times since 1938. Their goal has been explicit and was reiterated yet again in a recent tweet from the PLO: “Our goal is the end of Israel. . . . We don’t want peace. We want war and victory.” The PLO is headed by alleged moderate Mahmoud Abbas, who also leads the Palestinian Authority and Fatah. It’s a pipe dream to believe that without a wholesale change in attitude from the Palestinian Arabs, who are mired in a cult of hatred, violence and death toward Jews, that genuine peace and security for Israel will emerge anytime soon.

Lee S. Bender

Ardmore, Pa.

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