Jerusalem, Capital of Israel – 2018!

May of 2018 was a momentous year for both Israel and the United States. It was the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Israel and the fulfillment of a long ago made promise to Israel to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem has historically been a matter of concern which divided the Jews and Arabs. The United Nations wanted the City of Jerusalem made an international city but Israel declared statehood in 1948. The result of the war in 1967 was Israel winning control of East Jerusalem thus unifying the city and considering it the capital. Because of the controversy, The United States and many other countries kept their embassies in Tel Aviv and refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital.

Dealing with the situation became an unfulfilled campaign promise during presidential elections. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush vowed to move the United State Embassy to Jerusalem but didn’t follow through. However, in 1995, the US Congress passed a law declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said the US Embassy would be moved there by 1999. BUT, politicians always provide loopholes to explain away their final decisions and this Congressional law gave subsequent presidents six months into office to determine whether our embassy move to Jerusalem was in our best interest. Clinton, Bush and Obama all signed waivers declining the move fearing violence from the Arab world if such a move was implemented.

Regardless of what people may think about President Trump, he keeps campaign promises so we all witnessed an extraordinary event in world history this month.

An interesting aspect to the whole embassy move again showed President Trump’s care for our country. Initially, the cost for building a new embassy would have been expensive to say the least. It came to his attention that the US already owns property in Jerusalem that would adapt perfectly for the new embassy and save the American taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. The first phase of getting the US Embassy in working order was $400,000.

Anyone interested in reading about how Israel came about, EXODUS by Leon Uris is a great read. The characters are fictional but the events are correct and really opens one’s eyes to what went on in the Jewish world from the onset of World War II, Hitler’s horrendous campaign to the Jews, and the beginning of Israel. It is a long read but seems short as you keep wanting to know ‘what comes next’!

Pointe du Hoc

You never understand war until you stand on a former battlefield of one. Even with that experience, one’s imagination cannot fathom the bravery, the elements, the fear, and expectations that are either met or lost in the course of a battle. My son and I had an afternoon during a trip a long time ago now to visit Pointe du Hoc and stand on the grounds and step into the bomb craters left by one of the final battles of World War II.

 

The Past’s Effect on Our Future

Seems that in the middle of a World War, there was more going on that would eventually shape our today. Most of us probably never found this aspect in our school history books.

http://iowadawg.com/the-hidden-islamic-war-series/

Remembering D-Day

My son and I were blessed to have visited Pointe du Hoc about six years ago. One just doesn’t realize the difficulties the soldiers faced that day with weather and terrain working against them. Amazing seeing this even decades after the actual event.

President Trump Isn’t Hitler!

When the current protesters, college snowflakes, and radical college professors can’t come up with a real reason to hate the current president, they go for drama and sweeping statements to work up the crowds. Unfortunately, lack of history, whining, profanities and awkward comparisons come into play and the rest of the sheep just keep repeating it without thought. Even the politicians baiting the crowds of hired rioters resort to name calling without a real foundation. If it sounds ‘good’ and is super-insulting, scream it at the top of your lungs whether it is true or now.

Inga Andrews, a survivor of Hitler’s Germany can speak from experience and she has a supported statement on what is actually the problem. While President Trump is working against many odds to protect our country, he is not the source of the Hitler-like shadow over our country and the world.

“What is going on in this country is giving me chills. Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn’t mean they’re like a dictator.

What reminds me more of Hitler than anything else isn’t Trump, it’s the destruction of freedom of speech on the college campuses — the agendas fueled by the professors.

That’s how Hitler started, he pulled in the youth to miseducate them, to brainwash them, it’s happening today.” Inga Andrews