What a difference President Trump has made to Israel and its supporters ever since he strutted into the White House. First he recognized Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital and now as a gift to the Jewish State for its upcoming 70th Birthday, our State Department has dropped the term “Occupied Territories” from its annual report. It was Israel hating President Carter who first labeled these regions as “occupied” in order to criticize Israeli policy following its 1967 military victories over invading Arab armies when it acquired control of these areas. No doubt the JINO’s at J Street, APN and T’ruah must be choking back tears that the erasure of Israel from the globe is no longer a reality thanks to the new administration.
And kudos must also go to our Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who advised the department to stop using the misleading term “occupied” in reference to Judea and Samaria. Friedman remarked earlier, “I think the settlements in Judea and Samaria are part of Israel, which was always the expectation when Resolution 242 was adopted.” Former Israeli Ambassador to Canada, Alan Baker, stated, “Friedman is completely correct. The word, ‘occupation’ refers to an army taking over military control over some other countries. Israel has a unique historic connection to Judea and Samaria. The correct term should be ‘disputed territories.’’ Actually, the term “occupied territories” SHOULD HAVE been used when referring to the Jordanian occupation of Judea and Samaria from 1948 to 1967. And we note that the world bodies, its pundits and the media never referred to the Jordanian conquest of these foreign lands as “occupied.” H-m-m-m, could they have been somewhat prejudiced?
The response from Saeb Erekat, an official of the bloodstained terrorist group, PLO, shocked us as he spoke the truth, thusly, “The U.S. administration has no longer been a partner since U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” He desperately called on the world’s leaders, including those sitting on E. 42nd St., not to emulate the U.S.’s relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem. He continued to fan the flames of hatred by calling for Palestinian youth to continue their suicidal assaults on the fence separating Israel from the Palestinian controlled Gaza strip. Apparently he feels that more photos of dead kids on the evening news will turn the world further against Israel. Not if President Trump has any say in the matter.