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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 move By Jonathan S. Tobin the sole or even main cause of instability in the victory in the 1967 Six-Day War that united to negotiate a two-state solution that could, Middle East was always a myth. So is the idea the city. Some continued to wait for a peace in theory, redivide the city and allocate part (JNS)--Maybe it wasn't such a big deal that peace can happen before the Palestinians the Arab world pledged not to make, while as the Palestinian capital. If they don't, it after all. admit defeat in their century-old war against others still clung to the fantasy, won't be because U.S. Ambassador to Israel Instead of waiting until 2019 or 2020, the Zionism. Yet by creating a fact on the ground The problem with waiting was that hold- David Friedman no longer has his desk U.S. embassy to Israelwill move from Tel Aviv that does nothing to impede a theoretical ing off only served to reinforce Palestinian in Tel Aviv. It will be for the same reason to Jerusalem in May. On Friday, the Trump peace agreement, the United States has also rejectionism. That became especially true they've consistently rejectedpeace all along: administration said the ceremony convert- exposed the hollow nature of the anti-Israel sincethe Oslo Accords in 1993, which had the They're locked in the same tragic mindset ing a Jerusalem consulate into the embassy consensusthatholdsthatanyWesternrecogni- unintended consequence of encouraging Pal- that has continued to nurture their failed would coincide with Israel's 70th birthday tion of reality that forces the Palestinians to estinianintransigenceratherthanendingit.To war against Israel. celebrations, give up their illusions is inadmissible. If peace this day, the supposedly moderate Palestinian Peace will have to await a sea change in Unlike Trump's initial announcement is to ever to come--and right now, it seems Authority continues to deny--as its leader, theirculturethatwillmakeitpossiblefortheir recognizing the holy city as Israel's capital, a long way off it will be built on the kind of Mahmoud Abbas, has repeatedly done--Jew- leaders to choose peace, rather than, as Abbas the reaction to this latest one turned out to realism that Trump is employing, not on the ish ties to the city, or that the Temple Mount has consistently done, to pander to religious be substantially low-key. The Arab world and kind of appeasement of Palestinian fantasies and the Western Wall are ancient Jewish holy and nationalist fantasies that preclude it. The Muslim populations didn't take to the streets that often characterized the policies of previ- places. In that sense, theyare little better than first step toward that goal can only be taken to protest or commit mayhem. Countries that ous presidents, their Hamas rivals, once the international community that has were already critical of Israel and of Trump's The problem starts with the fact that sov- The P.A.'s Western donors and Arab patrons enabled them to hold onto their destructive stand issued pro forma statements. The Pal- ereignty over the city was never settled by know this is nonsense. But by pandering to vision begins telling them to accept the real- estinian Authority protested the idea of the an international agreement. Jerusalem was their denial by holding off recognition of ity regarding Jerusalem, as well as to give up United States celebrating a date they regard designated as an international zone by the Israel's capital, the world ensured that the subsidizing and fomenting terror. as the anniversary of their Nakba ("disaster"), 1947 partition agreement set forth by the Palestinians were not forced to rethink their As Trump has proven, doing so won't blow but that's as far as it went. United Nations. Not only was that scheme a rejectionist political culture. Instead of the uptheworld.Theonlyquestionnowiswhether All of which ought to alert the peddlers of nonstarter, Israel'sWarofIndependence ended Trump administration inflaming the conflict, he understands what he's done. If, as reports conventional wisdom about the conflict that with the city divided--with the Western part it has been the willingness of everyone else to indicate, he pushes forward a new peace deal this isn't the only thing they've been wrong under Israeli control and the eastern part, indulge Palestinian fantasies that has been predicated on more Israeli concessions, he about. They've been telling us for decades includingthe Old City, under illegal Jordanian the problem, will only encourage Palestinian illusions and that the actions currently being taken by occupation. Nothing Trump is doing precludes the pos- repeat the same errors made by Presidents Trump would wind up setting the world on The world held off on recognizing western sibility of a two-state solution, if indeed one Obama, Bush and Clinton. If that happens, it fire. But there's more to the lesson that the Jerusalemas Israel's capital, inpartbecause of were otherwise possible. All the United States will prove that even Trump can still fall prey embassy saga teaches, other than Jerusalem the expectation that a peace treaty was inevi- has done is to recognize what has been the to the influence of outdated and discredited not being as big a deal to the Islamic world as table, and because others were simply waiting truth on the ground for 70 years. Jerusalem "experts," whose myths about the conflict we've been told. for the next war to result in the extinction of is the capital of Israel. should have been discarded long ago. The notion that Palestinian grievances are theJewishstate.NothingchangedafterIsrael's Once the U.S. consulate puts a new sign Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of on the building declaring it the official JNS--theJewishNewsSyndicate.Followhim embassy, the Palestinians will still be free on Twitter at: @jonathans tobin. he takes action By Boaz Bizmuth the American president's brave ties with the Israel Hayom/Exelusive to Jewish people because he hasn't yet moved to JNS via JNS the Efrat settlement? It's astonishing (or not) to see that this President Donald Trump's recognition of joyful, groundbreaking announcement JerusalemasthecapitalofIsraelonDec.6was was just: the third or fourth report on the not a political move, but rather the fulfillment Saturda y evening news broadcasts, with the a true intention. The same goes for his worried anchor wondering if it was a gift or decision on Friday to move the U.S. Embassy a complication. Everybody can calm down. to Jerusalem on May 14, as part of the celebra- The American president gave us a wonderful tions marking 70 years since the founding of present for our 70th birthday. In terms of Israel.TheAmericanannouncementprovesto history, Trump is the gift--Obama was the theworld that Trump doesn't just make prom- complication. ises, he takes action. Remember his remarks Just like former U.S. President Harry Tru- two weeks ago in a special interview to Israel man, whorecognizedthestateofIsrae111min- Hayom--that recognizing our "wonderful" utes afteritwas founded, Trump found himself capital was the high point of his first year in facing objections to the move, including from the White House? He meant every word he his own White House staff. "I can understand said to me in the Oval Office. why many other presidents bailed on their Trump is the best thing to happen to Is- promise because tremendous pressure was rael in recent years, after predictions that we put on them not to do it. The other presidents, had "lost America." Between us, history will all of them have failed in the promise even decide--not the studio pundits who miss the though they made it as a campaign promise loud voice of former U.S. President Barack but I understand it because I will tell you, the Obama. Those same pundits explained just a lobbying against it was tremendous," he told few days ago that there was a divide between me in the interview. the White House and the Israeli government There were some including European lead- after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ers who tried to explain that an American "lied" to the president about construction in move like this one would undermine the Judea andSamaria. Divide?Atthemost, it was peace process and even cause unrest. As if a misunderstanding that was fixed within a all the years in which the U.S Embassy has matter of hours, been in Tel Aviv were years of calm, without These are also the same analysts who terrorist attacks. Other than that, we all know explained that Trump wouldn't win the 2016 the peace process isn't exactly going well. election, and afterward explained with the In any case, Trump hopes that he has taken utmost gravity that he would never recognize Jerusalem off the table, or at least made the Jerusalem, and therefore never move the Palestinians' radical demands irrelevant, as embassy. I'm curious to know what they'll the overwhelming majority of Israelis believe say now--will they make threats about the them to be. heavy pressure that will be exerted on us The hope is that the U.S. move will as part of the peace deal Trump is putting together? Maybe they'll try to cast doubt on Action on page 15A THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 emaih Society Editor Office Manager Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley * Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Purim and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee By Mel Pearlman In Washington D.C where Congress and the White House play out their political am- Last week we observed the holiday of Pu- bitions and governmental schemes, AIPAC rim with the reading in synagogues around closely watches on the sidelines to proteetthe the world of the Megillat Esther, partying interests of the Jewish people living securely with strong drink and masquerades, eating in America and to educate and lobby mem- Hamantashen (named after the notorious bets of our government with regard to the Haman), and exchanging Shalach Monot (gifts American/Israel relationship. The recently of food and sweets). Purim commemorates a concludedAnnual Policy Conference brought theme which occurs too frequently in Jew- together thousandsofAmericans fromevery ish history: our struggle for survival against corner of our nation to perform the work those who "in every generation would rise up begun by Mordecai and Esther in another to destroy us". Of course, the outcome happily time of Jewish peril. is always the same: with the help of G-d, we Although the acronym AIPAC may be prevail over our enemies, misleading, AIPAC is not a political action Earlier this week, immediately following committee. It does not raise funds for or Purim, the American Israel Public Affairs endorse political candidates, although many Committee (AIPAC) held its Annual Policy members of AIPAC are political activists who Conference in Washington, D.C. independently support, endorse and campaign While the story of Purim is ancient (Circa for candidates for public office as responsible 357 BCE), its plot andsubplots remain relevant citizens of our country. in our modern day struggle to battle the de- AIPAC is anon-partisan organization whose legitimizers of Israel and the 21st century mission is solely to educate, explain and sup- anti-Semites who would like nothing better porttheAmerican/Israelrelationshipasbeing than to see Israel and the Jewish people dis- in the best interest of the American people, appear from the face of the earth. While G-d to lobby members of our government and to watches over us from above, the Covenant he promote policies that enhance this special made with us requires that we be proactive in relationship. Their membership is made up of assuring our own survival, a cross-section of America's population and is In the palace court of King Ahasuerus in not exclusively Jewish. ancient Persia, where all the political ambi- The Jewish lobby in ancient Persia was very tions and governmental schemes played out, different from AIPAC's sophisticated lobbying a Jew named Mordecai closely watched on the in the United States, but the end game remains sidelines to protect the interests of the Jewish the same: the safety, security and survival of people living securely in exile under a benign the Jewish people in Israel and the promotion administration, of policies to members of our government for Mordecai knew the nature of the political the safety, security andwell being of America, elites of his time and their possible negative the nation we call home. influence on the king. He was determined to If you wish to comment or respond to any positionapersonclosetothekingtoopposeany of the contents herein you can reach me at negativepoliciesandneutralizeanydeleterious Please do so influences that would endanger the security in a rational, thoughtful, respectful and civil and safety of the Jewish people as well as the manner. If you wish to respond by ranting and stability of the kingdom. His opportunity came raving, please go into your bathroom, lock the when the king sought a new queen, and that door and shout your brains out. person was Esther. You know the rest of the Mel Pearlman has been practicing law in story. Without Mordecai's knowledge of the Central Florida for the past 45 years. He has internal workings of the king's court and the served as president of the Jewish Federation affective lobbying of Esther the events of the of Greater Orlando; on the District VIIMental day would have had a very different outcome. Health Board, as Special Prosecutor for the Fast forward to today. For almost all of Is- City of Winter Park, Florida; andon theBoard rael's modern existence, the American Israel of Directors of the Central Florida Research PublicAffairs Committee (AIPAC) has been the andDevelopmentAuthority. Hewas a charter pre-eminentAmerican/Jewish lobby to assure member of the Board of Directors and served that the American/Israel relationship is strong as the first Vice President of the Holocaust and that a special connection exists between MemorialResource and Education Center of two of the world's strongest democracies and Central Florida, as well as its first pro-bono which is in the best interest of both nations, legal counsel.