Dionne and Shields ignore the Adelson in the room

Two major commentators said Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because he wanted to influence evangelical voters, but left out that Trump’s largest donor was Sheldon Adelson, who has been demanding the embassy be moved to Jerusalem, and that Trump’s campaign promise about the embassy was given at AIPAC’s national convention in Washington DC, not in a red state…

The President Who Stole Christmas

A Palestinian in Jerusalem describes the impact of Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel: “Prior to this announcement, we were in the first week of a joyous Christmas… Christmas trees in every shop and restaurant, Santa hats in cars and Christmas carols sung everywhere. Giant Christmas trees lit in the main squares of the cities with tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims celebrating together…”

Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move

Trump decided to keep his campaign pledge, despite warnings from Mattis and Tillerson that the move would endanger US diplomats, undermine the peace process, and be condemned in both Arab countries and America’s most important Eurpean allies. Domestically, Trump has little to worry about. Democrats have fawned over Israel for 70 years, the Republicans’ Christian Evangelical base supports the embassy move, and the GOP has been desperate to break into what was once a Democrat-only monopoly on Jewish-American political funding—and Jewish votes…

Following Jerusalem, Israeli Ambassador calls on Trump to recognize Israeli control over Golan

Jewish Insider reports that Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer says the Golan Heights is an “issue that we’ve raised many times….. Maybe we’ll have another historic day during the Trump Presidency.” Israel conquered the Golan Heights in 1967 and has largely ethnically cleansed the Syrian territory…