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Jerusalem Embassy Waiver Lapses

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In 1995 a law was passed by the United States Congress regarding the necessary removal of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at the discretion of the president. It contained a ‘safety valve’ of sorts – a waiver provision which allows any president to delay the removal every six months due to ‘security factors.’

Since that time, every president of the US has exercised this waiver – delaying the embassy move to Israel’s capital – a venue disputed by nearly every world power.

During the entire seventy years of Israel’s history, the status of Jerusalem has been the central issue.

Today it is perhaps the most crucial factor in the ongoing “peace process” between Israel and the “Palestinians,” about which we read so much but see so little progress.

Jerusalem is clearly seen as “a burdensome stone” as nearly every nation on earth has weighed in with its strong opinion: “It is NOT the undisputed capital of Israel!” they claim.

But under the US law, the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, the US embassy in Israel must (eventually) be moved to Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, which would be concrete proof that the US regards Jerusalem as the bona fide capital of the Jewish State.

 

A Deadline Missed

Yesterday (December 4th) a significant event happened – or rather failed to happen.

President Donald Trump, who had signed the waiver earlier in the year, failed to sign it by its new deadline: December 4th.

This brought the prevalent speculation that President Trump could (will?) officially recognize the City as Israel’s capital, or even announce a move of the embassy as early as this current week.

Israeli observer David Rosenberg, writing in Ha’aretz (we think), a left-wing Israeli daily paper, believes the action by Mr. Trump is imminent. He wrote, “The act does provide for a security waiver, however, allowing the president to delay implementation of the law for six months at a time if security conditions do not, in the president’s view, permit the move. Every president from Clinton to Trump has used the waiver to push off the embassy move.”

Presidential candidate Trump vowed in 2016 during his campaign to move the embassy; but on June 1, 2017, he signed a six-month waiver allowing the embassy to remain in Tel Aviv until December 1st.

That date passed last Friday.

The White House reported to a cadre of intensely interested reporters that the president would delay acting on the waiver until after the weekend, promising a decision by Monday night.

But President Trump allowed the Monday evening deadline to pass without any such waiver being signed – a clear signal to everyone that something is about to change.

A professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, and Head of International Law at the Kohelet Policy Forum, Eugene Kontrovich, said that the president’s decision to allow the deadline to pass likely indicates that the embassy will indeed be moved. “Midnight has passed and no Jerusalem Embassy waiver was signed," said Kontrovich, "which means the [1995 Jerusalem] law will take full effect. It is a hard deadline, and once a waiver is missed, it can’t be made late."

He added, "I can't see any legal way out of this, the President has begun the process of moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump has finally corrected 70 years of discriminatory policy towards Israel. Make no mistake; this is huge!"

The entire Arab world is up in arms about the possibilities. Last week, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued an urgent plea for a summit meeting of Muslim nations if the United States takes the controversial position of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

It seems nearly the only issue upon which the Muslim world can agree as an entire body.

The OIC added that “(The) US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be seen as ‘a blatant attack upon the Arab and Islamic nations.’”

A meeting of the Council in the Red Sea Saudi city of Jeddah was called on an emergency basis, seeking to enlarge and intensify its members' concerns over the possible move by the US.

"If the United States takes the step of recognizing Jerusalem as the so-called (sic) capital of Israel, we unanimously recommend holding a meeting at the level of the council of foreign ministers followed by an Islamic summit as soon as possible," the pan-Islamic body said in a statement.

 Thus we are reconfirmed in our knowledge (and expectation) that the status of Jerusalem per se would be the most contentious issue of the decades-long struggle between Israel and the "Palestinians.’’

 The status of Jerusalem is surely the most contentious issue of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Following upon the account of Jerusalem being divided in earlier verses (during the War of Independence), the Prophet Zechariah summed up the present circumstances in the concisely phrased words ...

Zechariah 12:2 - Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it (this includes the contenders and their allies such as the UNO, the European Community, and other partisan groups) shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

They have been warned! The Father will protect and defend His Holy City against any and all contenders! Zechariah’s next words clarify just how He shall accomplish this ... In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:6 

 This ancient record should give all the contenders adequate warning of what is in store for them. But which of them has ever heeded much of the wisdom of YHVH contained in the Bible?

During the Obama Administration and previous ones, nothing has been done to move the embassy to Jerusalem. But America has a new leader – one who is apparently unafraid to “cross” the Arab nations in matters of principle.

It should be obvious to the entire world that Jerusalem is (and always has been) the undisputed capital of Israel – and never that of any other group of people, such as the “Palestinians” – who have never been a nation with their own government and laws and sovereignty over any portion of the earth. But until Israel became a nation with its capital at Jerusalem, the events predicted by Zechariah could never happen; they depended upon the existence of Israel, the nation, prior to fulfillment.

We wait and watch for developments in this global shift in US policy hopefully later this current week!              

<HEL 12Q>   ~1200 words. An eTPL28 Analysis

 


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November 2017

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