The Tel Aviv Embassy Act of 2021?
In a post-Trump America, will our elected officials be ready to recognize Tel Aviv as the capitol of Israel once again?
- Einat BLv 71 month ago
No, because it never was- Jerusalem is and always have (the only reason why embassys were in Tel Aviv was in order to try and appease the Arab toddlers).
- TNOLv 71 month ago
Most American elected officials already recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel anyway. There won't be an "again", as it'll be a new thing for most! Hell, while campaigning a lot of presidential candidates used to say that they'll move the embassy to Jerusalem noting it was Israel's capital, as promised by Congress in 1996 (so it's NOT simply a Trump thing). Clinton, Obama and Bush just failed to allow it because they didn't want to deal with the political backlash from the Arab world, but they always said publicly that Jerusalem was Israel's capital. They recognized it, but Trump was the only one willing to act on it. He doesn't care about the backlash, which turned out to be a huge nothing-burger compared to what was expected.
Essentially, the recognition plays are only political. Maps (in America at least) still show, unambiguously, that Israel's capital is Jerusalem. This was in my textbooks throughout school, and clearly noted even if we were talking about the Arab-Israeli conflict. When we aren't talking politics or anything that has international consequences, general American audiences look at you funny if you try to claim Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel.
Also, American words have ZERO effect on the fact that the function of a capital will be performed by Jerusalem for Israel. It'll house all the buildings you'd expect in a capital city, including the capitol (note: The word with an "o" refers to only the building, not the city like you used it for). You can claim that Tel Aviv is the capital all you want, but in practice going there expecting to see Israel's highest levels of government would be a huge disappointment. All Tel Aviv does, as far as most capitals go, is house the embassies...but, embassy placement has nothing to do with capital status anyway. It's an expectation, sure, and normal to see them in capital cities...but not a requirement.
- BMCRLv 71 month ago
So many assumptions built into your "question".
You are assuming there IS going to be a post Trump America in 2021 instead of 2025. (You may be right, but it is far from certain.)
You assume that Trump's successor would move the embassy back. (Highly unlikely, since that would involve millions spent to reverse the millions spent on moving it in the first place.)
And the most ridiculous assumption: That this has anything to do with what Israel's capital is.
It was Jerusalem before the move, it was Jerusalem after, and if they moved it back, it would still be Jerusalem.
- W.T. DoorLv 71 month ago
I suspect American Jews are reconsidering their tendency to vote Democrat out of habit.
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- ANDRE LLv 71 month ago
Not a Travel question. Try Politics.