Israel at 70: An American Perspective

In 2018, Israel celebrates 70 years since its declaration of independence. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared the establishment of a Jewish state in the “Land of Israel” (Eretz-Israel), a day before the expiration of the British Mandate. In a way, Israel replicated what the United States did on July 4, 1776, when the latter declared independence from Great Britain.

The U.S.-Israel relationship is an important factor in the American government’s overall policy in the Middle East. In addition to financial and military aid, the United States provides a constant political support to Israel, having used its U.N. Security Council veto power in about half of the cases to protect Israel.

Among the U.S. administrations over time, the current Trump Administration has offered, by far, the strongest support for statehood that Israel has ever benefited from. In the light of the fact that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential elections with several strong nationalist conservative messages (like “America First” and “Make America Great Again”), one may explain the president’s profound understanding for Israel’s gigantic efforts to preserve its existence and identity against its aggressive neighbors’ constant threats.

Another factor is the number of members of Jewish origin in the Trump administration (in spite of the anti-Semitism the president was unjustly accused of). One may include some prominent members, like Jared Kushner (senior adviser and son-in-law); David Friedman (ambassador to Israel); Jason Greenblatt (special representative for international negotiations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict); Gary Cohn (director of the White House National Economic Council); Steve Mnuchin (secretary of the Treasury); and Stephen Miller, Reed Cordish, and Avraham Berkowitz (senior advisers and special assistants to the president), to name just a few.

In September 2017, it was announced that the United States would open their first permanent military base in Israel, and on December 6, 2017, the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and began the process of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Several American presidents had promised this out of political convenience, but only Donald Trump has delivered. The decision was widely criticized by leaders from around the globe as detrimental to “the peace process.”

On December 18, 2017, the United Nations Security Council voted in favor of a draft resolution reversing the president’s decision, but the resolution was vetoed by the United States. On December 21, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly defied U.S. warnings and voted in favor of a resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem. The resolution passed, with 128 member-states voting in favor, nine voting against (including the United States and Israel), 35 countries abstaining, while other 21 did not participate in the vote.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a stern warning to the United Nations that the United States “will remember” countries that voted for the measure, hinting that the U.S. financial support for the U.N. is not guaranteed and that the U.S. should not be expected to support an organization that condemns it.

Jerusalem, with its over 800,000 residents (of whom two thirds are Jews and one third are Muslims and Christians), is a city the size of Washington, DC (excluding the metropolitan area). Also, Jerusalem is a partner city of New York, President Trump’s birthplace.

The city has been sacred to Judaism for 3,000 years, to Christianity for 2,000 years, and to Islam for 1,400 years. Therefore, despite efforts to maintain peaceful religious coexistence, the city has been continuously a source of controversy and tensions.

During the year of 2018, which marks the Israel’s 70th anniversary of existence, and even after, and taking into account also the Trump administration’s new national security strategy in the Middle East, there are many reasons for optimism and hope that things will take a turn for the better.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW! (Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas) [3,600+ views; 9 comments]

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MEDIUM (San Francisco, California) [100+ views; 5 comments; 150+ likes]

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ACCENT (Montreal, Canada) [in Romanian] [6,000+ views; 6 comments]

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ALTERNATIVA/THE ALTERNATIVE (Toronto, Canada) (July 2018) [in Romanian] [NOTE = scroll down on the journal’s home page to get the article and then press OPEN on the article]

http://www.alternativaonline.ca/index1807.html

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ARMONIA/THE HARMONY (Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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ARMONIA MAGAZINE/THE HARMONY MAGAZINE (Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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CLICK ROMANIA (London, United Kingdom) [in Romanian] [3 comments]

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CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian] [6 comments; 4 likes]

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ISRAEL MEDIA NEWS — JANNAH NEWS (Jerusalem, Israel) [130+ views; 6 comments]

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JERUSALEM CONNECTION (Washington, DC) [ comments]

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JURNALUL SĂPTĂMÂNII/THE WEEKLY JOURNAL (Tel Aviv, Israel) (the printed edition) [in Romanian]

JURNALUL SĂPTĂMÂNII/THE WEEKLY JOURNAL (Tel Aviv, Israel), 2018, March 01, p. 12

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MERIDIANUL ROMÂNESC/ROMANIAN MERIDIAN (Santa Clarita/Los Angeles, California) [in Romanian]

MERIDIANUL ROMÂNESC/ROMANIAN MERIDIAN, 2018, February 19

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ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) (print edition, pp. 1 and 4) [in Romanian]

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TIBERIU DIANU is a Washington, DC author of articles and books of law and politics. See: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tiberiu+dianu&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_1