Praise as well as Alarm via American Jews Over Trump’s Jerusalem Move

The words Mr. Trump uttered about Jerusalem sounded sweet to many Jews, who belong to a faith that will has revered the city as its holiest site for 3,000 years. although Jerusalem is actually also holy to Christians as well as to Muslims, as well as for centuries, attempts by any side to take exclusive control have brought trouble. Balancing their competing claims has been seen as the stickiest part of any peace effort.

American Jews are debating whether Mr. Trump’s decision to end decades of diplomatic ambiguity as well as recognize the disputed city as the Israeli capital will help or hurt Israel as well as the effort to make a lasting peace with the Palestinians, who also want Jerusalem for their capital. Israel, long a unifying cause among American Jews, has increasingly become a point of polarization, as well as Mr. Trump’s move may only deepen that will divide.

There were Jewish leaders who celebrated the president’s announcement on Wednesday as a historic step that will many Jews had longed for, as well as that will might shake things up enough to restart the stalled Middle East peace process.

Nathan J. Diament, executive director of public policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, said in an interview, “This kind of move puts pressure where This kind of belongs, which is actually on the Palestinians as well as on Arab governments that will support the Palestinians, because This kind of sends the message that will you can’t just sit still as well as refuse to be in negotiations as well as, oh, by the way, sponsor terrorism, as well as think that will everything is actually just going to remain status quo.”

Mr. Diament said he was not troubled by the criticism via some Jewish leaders that will by taking sides on Jerusalem, Mr. Trump had squandered America’s ability to serve as an “honest broker,” or mediator, between the Israelis as well as Palestinians.

“I’ve never thought the U.S. should be an honest broker,” said Mr. Diament, who represents the largest umbrella group of Orthodox Jews, who comprise about 10 percent of American Jews. “Pro-Israel Americans aren’t looking for the U.S. to be an honest broker. Pro-Israel Americans are looking to the U.S. to be a friend to our ally, Israel.”

Jewish organizations like B’nai B’rith International as well as the American Jewish Committee also welcomed the president’s decision. although liberal groups that will are critical of the right-wing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu as well as have a following among younger Jews, like IfNotNow as well as Jewish Voice for Peace, protested the move as well as promised to rally against This kind of.

They said This kind of would certainly lead to the displacement of more Palestinians via East Jerusalem as well as would certainly entrench the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land, deepening grievances as well as producing any kind of acceptable compromise harder for both sides to reach.

American Jews as a group tend to vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, as well as only about 24 percent of Jews who voted from the 2016 presidential election backed Mr. Trump. Soon after he took office, Mr. Trump appointed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as his chief negotiator for the Middle East, although neither man has made public any details about the contours or status of the process.

In his speech on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said that will his decision on Jerusalem “is actually not intended in any way to reflect a departure via our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement.” He continued, “We want an agreement that will is actually a great deal for the Israelis, as well as a great deal for the Palestinians.”

A question that will divides many American Jews, though, is actually how to get there.

At the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, where more than 6,000 leaders of the Union for Reform Judaism were beginning to gather on Wednesday for their biennial convention, the group’s president said he was still assessing Mr. Trump’s speech.

To hear Jerusalem recognized as the capital of Israel, Rabbi Jacobs said, “is actually the age-old dream of the Jewish people as well as all of us who love as well as care about Israel.”

He said he was open to the possibility that will the move could prove to be a “concrete step closer to a peace process.”

“Or will This kind of be an obstacle?” he said. “Only time will tell.”

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