Monthly Archives: June 2018

President Trump’s Proclamations Recognizing Jerusalem As Israeli Capital Of The Jewish State





By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

The foreign policy of the United States is grounded in principled realism, which begins with an honest acknowledgment of plain facts.  With respect to the State of Israel, that requires officially recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem as soon as practicable.

The Congress, since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45) (the “Act”), has urged the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate our Embassy to Israel to that city.  The United States Senate reaffirmed the Act in a unanimous vote on June 5, 2017.

Now, 22 years after the Act’s passage, I have determined that it is time for the United States to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  This long overdue recognition of reality is in the best interests of both the United States and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel.  Since then, the State of Israel has made its capital in Jerusalem — the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.  Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government — the home of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset; its Supreme Court; the residences of its Prime Minister and President; and the headquarters of many of its government ministries.  Jerusalem is where officials of the United States, including the President, meet their Israeli counterparts.  It is therefore appropriate for the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

I have also determined that the United States will relocate our Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  This action is consistent with the will of the Congress, as expressed in the Act.

Today’s actions — recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing the relocation of our embassy — do not reflect a departure from the strong commitment of the United States to facilitating a lasting peace agreement.  The United States continues to take no position on any final status issues.  The specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations between the parties.  The United States is not taking a position on boundaries or borders.

Above all, our greatest hope is for peace, including through a two-state solution, if agreed to by both sides.  Peace is never beyond the grasp of those who are willing to reach for it.  In the meantime, the United States continues to support the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al Sharif.  Jerusalem is today — and must remain — a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

With today’s decision, my Administration reaffirms its longstanding commitment to building a future of peace and security in the Middle East.  It is time for all civilized nations and people to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate — not senseless violence –- and for young and moderate voices across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.  Today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect, rethinking old assumptions and opening our hearts and minds to new possibilities.  I ask the leaders of the Middle East — political and religious; Israeli and Palestinian; and Jewish, Christian, and Muslim — to join us in this noble quest for lasting peace.

Now, Therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and that the United States Embassy to Israel will be relocated to Jerusalem as soon as practicable.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.





“My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.” – President Donald J. Trump

RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM: President Donald J. Trump is following through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and has instructed the State Department to begin to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Today, December 6, 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem, the ancient capital of the Jewish people, as the capital of the State of Israel.
    In taking this action, President Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise of his and many previous Presidential candidates.

    • The Trump Administration is fully coordinated in supporting this historic action by the President, and has engaged broadly with both our Congressional and international partners on this issue.
  • President Trump’s action enjoys broad, bipartisan support in Congress, including as expressed in the Jerusalem Recognition Act of 1995.  This Act was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.
    • President Trump has instructed the State Department to develop a plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
      Departments and Agencies have implemented a robust security plan to ensure the safety of our citizens and assets in the region.

STATUS OF JERUSALEM: President Trump recognizes that specific boundaries of sovereignty in Jerusalem is highly sensitive and subject to final status negotiations.

  • President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly-sensitive issue, but he does not think the peace process is aided by ignoring the simple truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, supreme court, President, and Prime Minister.
  • President Trump recognizes that the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations between the parties.
    President Trump reaffirms United States support for the status quo at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al Sharif.

COMMITTED TO THE PEACE PROCESS: President Trump is committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, and he is optimistic that peace can be achieved.
  • Delaying the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has not helped achieve peace over the past two decades.
    President Trump is prepared to support a two-state solution to the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, if agreed to by the parties.



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Drawn Emojis

Drawn Emojis (Randyjw; June 25, 2018)


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Language And Thought

Language And Thought (Randyjw; June 22, 2018)


Energy of thoughts

in recognizable language,

transformed into binary data,

so easily read.


The generation of this independent process,

to begin with, though,

an act of G-d

inside our heads.


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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day (Randyjw; June 16, 2018)


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The Roar Of Thunder

The Roar Of Thunder (Randyjw; June 15, 2018)



nothing is needed to say —

nor can it find the means

or the proper venting

with which it can even be said.

Listen with your ears

to the low rumbling of thunder

as the clouds rub together, instead

Stand in,

as the black clouds gather

the rain pitter-patters

and the lightning subsides again

Watch the petals roll

over concrete pavilions

in a burst of storm rain

blown by a sudden wind

Seek shade by the pine

to hold private conversations

in the mind

Whether that would be

thought to be by myself

or else with someone

I dream of by my side



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Happy Birthday President Trump



Happy Birthday President Trump (Randyjw; June 14, 2018)




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The Tree Swing

The Tree Swing (Randyjw; June 12, 2018)


When memories are repressed

and feelings are surpressed

sometimes, it’s a way to cope

Do you hold to the lifeline

or plumb deeper depths

somtimes you must let go the rope



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Paths Unknown

Paths Unknown (Randyjw; June 10, 2018)



No soul in sight.

Sprawling through the canyon

on a dark and empty night.

Falling from the edge

of a dream-landscape in blue-grey

an airless container

caught in shadows of summer

and labrynthine tunnels

bisecting caverns below

The thought connections…


but needing to be broke,

the being remains,

its contents now drained,

a cry of the soul,


releasing the hollows of its vessel.

A bonded echo

still reverberating and slow

carried off, as yet,

into paths unknown.


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End-All To BDS


End-All To BDS (Randyjw; June 6, 2018)


My favorite email subscription is to Shamrak Report, an independent, thought-provoking commentary on news and highlights pertinent to Israel and the Jewish people, with problem-solving potential on the issues that matter most.


His latest quote in his June 5th edition, which he permitted me to use here, should put the anti-Semitic matter of BDS to rest, forever:


Food for Steven Shamrak

This is a message to BDS supporters: Please, be positive and campaign for “Buy Palestinian products”! Could you suggest products that could be put in the list “Made in Gaza”? Without doubt, the ‘signature’ products like mortar shells and Qassam rockets, and suicide bombers, and ‘newcomer’ – incendiary kites, will be included with delivery guaranty!

— Steven Shamrak, Shamrak Report


See more from Steven Shamrak on Facebook and Twitter.


Thanks, Steven!


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HonestReporting.Org’s Compilation: Gaza Border Violence 2018 (March – May)


HonestReporting.Org’s Compilation: Gaza Border Violence 2018 (March – May) (Randyjw; June 3, 2018)



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Cooking Shows (PBS) and Food Blogs

Cooking Shows (PBS) and Food Blogs (Randyjw; June 2, 2018)


Our public television service in the United States, PBS, has some nice cooking shows. Some of the ones I like are:


Christina Pirello – Christina Cooks (Vegan)


Mary Ann Esposito – Ciao Italia (Italian)


Alamelu Vairavan – Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu (Indian)


Hubert Keller – Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef (Varied; He’s from Alsace)


Nick Stellino – Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends (Italian)


Pati Jinich – Pati’s Mexican Table


Rachel Allen – Rachel’s Favorite Food at Home (Varied; She lives in Ireland)


Sara Moulton – Sara’s Weeknight Meals (Varied)


These are some food blogs I like, excerpted from a list I posted previously :

Anisa Kazemi – – Always a love. You’ll love her, too.


Maya – artsyteenblog – A blog for teens. Really incredible. Craft projects and recipes. Check out her divine looking lemon-based dessert recipes.


Maureen Abood – – Lebanese and inspired food from her heritage.


Georgia McDermott – George Eats. – Interesting ideas and journey.


Ania – – A vegan life lived in the Greek Isles.


Christina – – Every episode of her tv show features tantalizing plant-based dishes that never disappoint. Get her tips and explore ideas at her website, as well.


Stunning food photography and edible artistry at:


Nepali Food: – Recipes, learning about local dishes, etc. – Delicious pix and easy Indian, and other, food recipes.


Morgan – – Great twists on classic dishes and fusion-food.


Pati’s Mexican Table: Mexican food is more than enchiladas. Pati Jinich shows you how:


New Scandinavian Cooking: Andreas Viestad cooks up some new, interesting recipes:


Nick Stellino: Italian food with friends.


The Free Range Cook: Annabel Langbein cooks up local foods grown in New Zealand:


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