Don’t think the U.S. Embassy belongs in Jerusalem? Get over it.

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By Naftali Bennett.. Naftali Bennett is Israel’s minister of education and minister of diaspora affairs. He has been a member of the security cabinet since 2013 and has led the Jewish Home party since 2012. The inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is an important recognition of Israel’s inherent right to govern itself. It is also the start of a new era, one in which the international community’s relationship is based on reality and fact, not fantasy and fiction. [Photo top right: Seal of a US Embassy].  President Trump’s decision to allow the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act to move forward is historic. At the most basic level, it states what has been obvious to Jews for thousands of years: Jerusalem is, has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people. This notion was formally adopted by Israel when it named Jerusalem its capital in December 1949. For too many years, however, foreign countries continued to site their embassies in Tel Aviv, a symbolic statement with a clear message — a refusal to recognize Jerusalem, even West Jerusalem, as the country’s capital. Read the full story.

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