freezeblade wrote:However it was not acted upon, because each president has known that the action would have negative impacts on the middle east peace talks, specifically in angering Palestine.
Each and every president from Bill Clinton onward has known what the negative impacts would be, and yet each and every one of them went out of their way to promise to enact it, should they be elected. Then, once they were actually in office, each of them decided not to enact it. But not one of them - nor any Congress since the bill was passed - has ever moved to repeal the law to prevent it from being enacted, or modify it, nor made any attempt or even suggestion that it was something that ought not be enacted, eventually.
So, while on the one hand it's valid to question the wisdom of Trump actually doing this, and doing it now; it's completely disingenuous for anyone who knows the history of this bill to pretend that this is somehow a mark against Trump individually. There were plenty of opportunities over the past 22 years
for both parties to prevent this from happening, and it wouldn't even have been politically difficult for them to do so. Instead, both parties gave it lip service; not only implying that it ought to eventually be done but actually promising to do it themselves.
Now, we can have a discussion about how those talks are stalled and not going anywhere (although we should probably have that in another thread), but taking this action without formally removing yourself from peace talks looks an awful lot like taking sides and pissing off the Palestinians (along with most of the middle east).
Does anyone seriously believe anymore that the Palestinians, or at least the people who have power to negotiate on their behalf, are even remotely interested in peace? Or that they would even accept a peaceful agreement, or honor such an agreement.
Every few years we go through this charade, and every single time when it looks like a peaceful solutions is even possible, it goes completely off the rails. This has been going on for decades
now. So, much like the pretense around Trump recognizing Jerusalem; the suggestion that Trump has somehow "derailed" the peace is completely disingenuous given the history of the conflict. Granted, what Trump just did isn't even remotely helpful to the process - but there is frankly so reason for any serious person to believe that it actually affected the outcome. Maybe it's just me showing my age, but after seeing this same thing play out over and over again for thirty f'king years, I'm more than a little skeptical that there was anything there, really, for Trump to derail.