Friday, December 8, 2017

Trump Puts Fact Ahead of Fiction in Israel  Jonah Goldberg

Trump Puts Fact Ahead of Fiction in Israel

Posted: Dec 08, 2017

The most exhausting thing about the Middle East -- except
for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. -- is that it refuses
to conform to how it's described in the West.

It's like journalists, diplomats and politicians want to
announce a football game,but the players keep insisting on
playing rugby. The field looks similar. The scoring isn't all
that different. It's just a differentgame. But don't tell the
gang in the booth. They get furious when you point out
that the facts don't line up with thecommentary.

Consider President Trump's momentous (though for now
mostly symbolic) announcement that the United States will
recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Before you can
debate whether this was a good move, you must
acknowledge one glaring fact that the chatterers want to
ignore or downplay:It's true. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
The Knesset, Israel's parliament, convenes there. Israelis call
it their capital for the same reason they claim twoplus two
equals four. It's just true.

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