Danielle Pletka

Danielle Pletka is the Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. She earned a M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. previously worked on Middle East issues for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Readers may write her at AEI, 1789 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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Trump only confirmed the obvious: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

Dec 24, 2017 — Danielle Pletka

Trump only confirmed the obvious: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
WASHINGTON, D.C.— In foreign policy, conventional wisdom has an almost biblical force.  Gospel-like, practitioners intone the commandments: Never get involved in a land war in Asia.  Terrorism and religion are unrelated.  And, holy of holies, do not appear to prejudge the outcome of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Clearly, the gospels are not for Donald Trump, who last week declared that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of the State of Israel, and that the United States will move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Predictably, the President was denounced by the usual complement of opinion leaders, journalists and political opponents.  And since Donald Trump is so often wrong, it is tempting to succumb to the opprobrium of polite society and agree he was probably wrong again.  Except he wasn’t.