US Embassy Moves To Jerusalem

May 18, 2018
By Wayne McLean (Jgritz) (Own work) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Last December, President Trump announced that the US embassy in Israel would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This announcement shocked many world leaders because Jerusalem is a sacred land that both the Palestinians and Israelis have been fighting over for decades. Nevertheless, the move was made official earlier this week when the US seal was unveiled at the temporary US embassy location in Jerusalem. While protests and fighting broke out at the Gaza Strip (a Palestinian territory that borders Israel), President Trump said via video conference that declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel was a long time coming and that his “greatest hope is for peace.” He ended his remarks by saying, “We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians, and to all of their neighbors.” Will moving the US embassy be the first step toward peace, or will it create even more tension in the Middle East? Some world leaders are questioning President Trump’s move, and violent protests continue to break out at the Gaza Strip, but Guatemala has since followed the United States and moved its embassy to Jerusalem as well.

Was this the right move?