I guess whoever wrote this "international law" forgot about the thousands of years of history that the Jewish people have in Jerusalem. History that is well-proven thanks to archeological evidence. So much for facts and history being supporting evidence of your claim to something!
Hell, if archeological evidence and history of your presence somewhere is not considered as proof of ownership under international law, maybe I should make a historical claim to Paris! Sure, I have no evidence or supporting arguments to support this claim. But hey, Neither do the Palestinians to Jerusalem and look how many narrow-minded progressives and political-correctness obsessed governments believe and support their claim!
It did not come as a surprise to anyone that the Palestinian Authority, whose members deserve honorary PhDs in history distortion, applauded the United States for this move. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in reference to this decision, said soon after that "We are neighbors on this holy land and we want peace." It was one hell of a statement from Abbas, one that received thunderous applause from every naive progressive in the United States government. These same politicians must have forgotten about the far more numerous and routine statements from Abbas calling for violence, terrorism, and genocide against the Jewish State.
There is hardly any disagreement over the fact that under the Obama administration, the Palestinian Authority enjoyed what was describable as no less than a diplomatic vacation. A time where they could fly their true hateful colors and incite as much violence against the Jewish State with minimal repercussions from the United States.
This diplomatic vacation came to an abrupt end on January 20th.
It took President Trump a matter of hours to do something that Barack Obama could not figure out how to do for eight years, and that was simply to recognize the two main forces for foreign policy in this world, the Axis of Evil, led by Iran and North Korea, and the Axis of Good, led by the United States and its western allies. Based on their continued support for terrorism against one of our closest allies, there is little confusion as to whose side the Palestinian Authority is on.
This much-needed shift in foreign policy became much more apparent last week when the Trump administration had threatened to shut down the PLO's office in Washington D.C., citing a well-known law that if the Palestinians chose to take unilateral action against Israel in the ICC, the PLO's consulate would be shut down.
Unsurprisingly, Barack Obama chose to ignore this law, as following through with it would go against his policy of appeasement.
While in the end, I am disappointed in the Trump Administration's decision to allow the PLO's office to remain open (with limitations), the mere threat by President Trump to take such an action sends a clear message to the Palestinians: "Your vacation is over, you are either on our side or the side of the enemy."
Now I have never been a particularly big fan of Trump. I did not vote for him, and as a staunch Republican, I find many of the things he says and does to be beyond indefensible. However, as an American who believes that we should not be supporting entities which openly oppose our values and take for granted our support in the way the Palestinians do, I am glad to see my government finally taking a stand against the Palestinian Authority's support for terrorism and opposition to even the most basic of western values. It is a welcome change after eight years of a foreign policy based off of incompetence.