Yes, let's rile up the Middle East masses for no good reason.
The US is planning to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem within three months, pressing ahead far earlier than previously announced, reports the Financial Times.
“We’re planning to open the new US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May,” a State department spokesman told FT, adding that the opening will be timed to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary.
FT correctly notes:
The move, reversing decades of US policy, will anger many American allies in the region who fear it will stoke unrest and fuel extremism across the Middle East. It is also likely to undermine Mr Trump’s pledge to broker the “ultimate deal” to end the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The status of the divided city is one of the thorniest issues of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Israel regards Jerusalem as its undivided capital and claims sovereignty over the whole city. But most of the international community views East Jerusalem as occupied land and the Palestinians consider it their future capital. No other country has its embassy in Jerusalem.This completely violates the spirit of the wise guidance delivered by George Washington in his farewell address. He urged the American people to avoid long-term friendly relations or rivalries with any nation. He warned that alliances are likely to draw the United States into wars which have no justification and no benefit to the country beyond simply defending the favored nation. Alliances, he warns, often lead to poor relations with nations who feel that they are not being treated as well as America's allies, and threaten to influence the American government into making decisions based upon the will of their allies instead of the will of the American people.