The timing couldn’t be better.
Less than a day after President Donald Trump announced that the United States is pulling out of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal that was built on a stack of lies by the Obama administration, the mayor of Jerusalem announced a step to show how grateful the Israeli capital is for Trump’s friendship.
And it’s not just honoring Trump, but the United States as a whole.
According to the Israeli news website i24, Mayor Nir Barkat said the square adjacent to the site of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem would be named “United States Square in honor of President Donald Trump.”
“This is the way in which Jerusalem returns love to the president and residents of the United States who stand by the state of Israel,” Barkat said in a statement released by the Jerusalem Press Office, i24 reported.
“President Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, stand on the side of historical truth and do the right thing.”
When Trump announced in December that the American Embassy to Israel would be moved to Jerusalem in official recognition of the city as Israel’s capital, he defied international condemnation, and made it clear United States foreign policy wasn’t going to be determined by the riffraff of miscreants and terrorists that make up the so-called “Arab street.”
When he announced on Tuesday that the United States is pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, he made it just as clear that American foreign policy wasn’t going to be tied down by the appeasement of the past.
“The fact is, this was a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said according to a transcript of the speech published by The New York Times. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
There’s not a country in the world that has more at stake when it comes to Iran than Israel. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly vowed to destroy the Jewish state, and even word of Trump’s announcement had the Israeli Defense Force ordering civilians along the border with Syria to prepare to take shelter from a possible military strike.
So, when a realist like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the nuclear deal would only make Iran more dangerous in the end, the Obama administration should have listened.
It didn’t, of course. But Trump did.
Barkat’s announcement didn’t directly link Trump’s scrapping of the Iran deal to Jerusalem’s decision to name the embassy square in his honor, and it might well have been coincidence.
Israeli officials had already announced plans to name a train station near the city’s Western Wall after Trump in gratitude for his decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
One official has even floated the idea of naming the entire section of Jerusalem “Trump Town,” where the new United States Embassy will be located, as well as the embassies of other countries that follow Trump’s lead.
But Barkat’s statement — coming as it did on the same day as Trump’s historic decision to scrap U.S. participation in the Iran deal — seals the alliance between the United States and Israel in a way that makes it even closer than it had been.
Naturally, liberals are furious — some of the social media responses are sickening (click here for an example). That’s because the American left despises Israel — the way former President Barack Obama betrayed the country made that undeniable.
But with every decision Trump has made, it becomes clearer that the U.S. and Israel are united in defiance of the kind of Islamic extremism that rules in Tehran.
This latest announcement by the city of Jerusalem just makes that unity all the clearer.
And the timing couldn’t have been better.
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