Establish Embassy Jerusalem NOW!

Hooray for Donald Trump! Unlike every one of his predecessors since 1995, he actually did what he promised to do with respect to moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the Jewish State’s actual capital, Jerusalem.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that his directive envisions a government business-as-usual pace to get this done which is extremely ill-advised.  Taking years to set up a new U.S. embassy on the hotly contested real estate of Jerusalem invites subterfuges by our State Department and/or violence on the part of the Palestinians, and perhaps other Sharia-supremacists.

So, the President must simply direct that the existing U.S. consulate in Jerusalem become the interim embassy immediately.  By effecting this transformation overnight, he could steal a march on his adversaries, at home and abroad – and minimize incentives for their sabotage.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.