Donald Trump, you could pretty much say, has handed Jerusalem to the Israelis on a silver platter. Will that be the end of it, or will there be more major US concessions to Israel in the future? Might the Zionists now turn their covetous gaze upon, for instance, the Golan Heights?
An article published Friday by the Jewish Insider website seems to suggest this could become the case. Here is a brief excerpt:
After US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 22 years after Congress originally passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, we asked Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer whether the Golan Heights should be next? Dermer replied that the Golan Heights is an “issue that we’ve raised many times. We think all governments should recognize our sovereignty there. So yes, the answer for that would be yes. Maybe we’ll have another historic day during the Trump Presidency. We’ll see. Meanwhile, we should all appreciate what happened Wednesday.”
Yes, I’m sure the Israelis are quite appreciative.
And by the way, it isn’t just the Golan Heights and Jerusalem that Dermer seems to feel the Jewish state is entitled to. He is also an outspoken defender of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Two Christmases ago the Israeli ambassador handed out holiday gifts from the Washington embassy which were comprised entirely of West Bank products. These included wine, olive oil, body cream, and halva. Dermer described his gift-giving spree as an effort to “combat the latest effort by Israel’s enemies to destroy the one and only Jewish state.”
As for Trump’s big announcement last week on the embassy move, Dermer claims the US “did not move goal posts,” but that the president was instead “righting a historic wrong, puncturing the campaign to deny Jewish history and claims in Jerusalem and laying a cornerstone for a peace based on truth.”
I’m not sure exactly what “truth” Dermer is hoping to base his “peace” upon, but if the past week is any indication, Donald Trump and Jared Kushner will likely be more than happy to serve it up to him on a silver platter if it’s at all within their power.