Between 35,000 and 50,000 "Palestinians" engaged in huge protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip today, over the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
48 Hours ago, elements from various groups in the area, "warned" Israelis to evacuate and flee because the Arabs were "going to slaughter" them all. It didn't work out quite the way those Arabs planned.
As protests turned violent, a number of people charged fences to cross into Israel. Many of them were shot dead including (allegedly) a couple 14 and 15 year-olds.
Apparently no one ever bothered to teach such "Palestinians" that, if they say they are going to storm a place and slaughter people there, the intended targets will protect themselves. As Forrest Gump would say: "Stupid is as Stupid does."
Those of you who read this web page regularly know that I have some significant issues - of political nature -- with the "state" of Israel. Having said that, it is mind-boggling to me that the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza still don't seem to "get it" -- Israel DOES exist. So the assertion some Arabs make about Israel somehow not having a "right" to exist is stupid on its face. Israel DOES exist.
Some Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza also don't seem to "get it" when they threaten to slaughter Israelis: People WILL defend themselves.
This week, Israel enters it's 70th year of existence. For 69 of those years, Jerusalem has been the Capital of Israel. Sovereign countries get to decide WHERE their own Capital shall be. Israel decided.
For some reason, a whole slew of people around the world think that's a bad thing. Get over it.
23 years ago, the United States Congress, enacted a law to move our Embassy to Jerusalem.
After 23 years of the local Arabs misusing OUR Embassy as a political bargaining chip, what did America FINALLY realize? Bargaining with those people is a waste of time. They NEVER stop their complaints. They NEVER stop their acts of violence. They are NEVER satisfied. "Negotiating" with them is a complete, total, waste of time.
President Donald Trump seems to have grasped this obvious fact and, last December, he ordered the US Embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem. Ballsy move given the situation over there, but FINALLY a recognition of the reality. Israel DOES exist. Its Capital IS Jerusalem. Negotiating with the folks in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and some elsewhere in the region about Palestinian issues, is a giant slow-walk-in-a-circle. No matter how long we walk together with the Palestinians, no matter what negotiations are made, we always end up in the exact same place we started; they will not accept Israel's right to exist. They will not accept Jerusalem as Israel's Capital. The whole endeavor of negotiation has proven itself to be utterly useless. FOR DECADES!
Trump was right to put a stop to that nonsense.
Unless and until the "Palestinians" exercise self control, stop launching rockets into Israel from the West bank and Gaza, stop blowing themselves up in "Jihad" and start acknowledging reality, this problem will never be peacefully resolved. Until such time, as much as it stuns __me__ to say this, Israel is just going to have to do what it has to do.
If the "Palestinians" want to be treated better, they have to stop acting like Barbarians.