The Barest of things.
Imagine if you will that an armed attacker comes to your home with the intent of taking your life and everything you own. It turns out, however, that you, dear reader, are a total badass and you fend him off with ease, sending him fleeing for his life. After the dust settles you realize that the scumbag left some of his own personal belongings behind… maybe a wallet stuffed with cash or a really nice coat, perhaps. Are you required to return these belongings to the criminal or is this a classic case of “to the victor goes the spoils”? Surely, the attacker has no right to go to the police and demand the return of his property as he was the aggressor to begin with.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is past time that we realize that you are Israel and the city of Jerusalem is the bad guy’s wallet. Allow me to offer an abbreviated history of things for you…
Prior to the conclusion of World War II and that little thing known as the Holocaust, the area known as Palestine was under British control. With millions of Jews across Europe left with nowhere to go, the newly formed United Nations resolved to establish a Jewish State on a small parcel of this land. The day after the establishment of Israel was officially recognized in 1948, it was immediately attacked by five surrounding nations because post-Holocaust anti-Semitism ran (and still runs) rampant in the Middle East.
Israel managed to survive their first war and found ways to prosper over the years. East Jerusalem, at the time, was part of Jordan and Jews were not allowed to visit because, again, anti-Semitism. Fast forward to 1967 when friendly neighbors Egypt, Syria, and Jordan again decided to remove Israel from the map with a coordinated attack on three separate fronts. After a mere six days of utter badassery, Israel defended itself against all three invaders and took a little extra land in the process. That land includes the “disputed” areas of the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank (home of east Jerusalem) and Israel’s neighbors have been crying about it ever since.
This should not be all that difficult, folks. Countries do not get to forcefully destroy a nation of people on multiple occasions and then cry foul when it does not work out for them. Further, countries should not have to apologize or make concessions for defending themselves against armed invaders. Finally, international policy should be determined by what is right, not by who might be offended by it.
President Trump might be a buffoon, but I am more than happy to put his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on the short list of things that he has gotten right. Any argument to the contrary is simply pandering to the anti-Semitic nations that see the complete elimination of Israel as the only path to peace in the Middle East. In an era when we are so concerned about fairness and equality for people of all walks of life, I cannot begin to imagine why that is such a hard pill to swallow when it comes to the Jews.