In the early years of the state, whenever the US ambassador came to Jerusalem for meetings with the heads of state, he would take the diplomatic plates off his vehicle at the entrance to the city. This is because the US position was that Jerusalem is not part of Israel.
While President Harry Truman was the first leader he recognized in Israel, his recognition was flawed. Truman - like all the presidents who followed Donald Trump - recognized Israel's political existence, but not its Jewish face. He saw Israel as a refuge for Holocaust survivors and other persecuted Jews, but did not accept the fact that the people of Israel of 1948 were the same with the Bible. For him, Israel was a new, poor state of Jewish refugees.
Truman's refusal and all his successors to come to terms with the historical fact that it is the people who returned to his homeland led to a bipartisan American policy toward Israel. On the one hand, she was warmly talked about. On the other hand, treat her as a beggar.
This attitude did change after the Six Day War. President Johnson understood that a nation capable of defeating four Arab armies in six days, and tripling its geographical area, is a people worthy of respect and fairer treatment. And so, Johnson upgraded Israel militarily, and also supported it politically at the end of the war.
But the ambivalent attitude to Zionism - to the liberation and rebirth movement of the ancient Jewish people - remains unchanged. The continued US refusal to recognize Jerusalem and Washington's opposition to the Judaism and Samaria and Gaza settlement plant were evidence of this. To recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish people's sovereign control and rights to Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, Americans also had to recognize the simple fact that Israel is not a refuge of a persecuted minority, but a homeland of an eternal people. Until Trump, US presidents preferred to deny it and pass on the Jewish people's historic rights to the historically unpopular Palestinians as a people.
A plan to live with
Then came Trump, who called Israel "light to the Gentiles" and "the promised land for the Jewish people and its historic homeland." He further ruled that Jerusalem cannot be liberated because it is already liberated and that no one should be moved from his home for peace. He condemned the Palestinian state by accepting Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
In contrast, on Sunday this week, Obama's ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, predicted: "In less than a year there can be a new Democratic administration ... Trump will not be president forever.
With us, it was MK Benny Gantz, who did not seem to understand the size of the hour. The fact that he found it appropriate to bump Netanyahu from Washington indicates the inability to understand that this is something more important than the outcome of the elections. Don't understand the significance of Trump's act. On Tuesday, he truly acknowledged Zionism, and made it the US policy base for the Palestinian conflict with Israel.
Trump a true friend. He did not offer us the perfect plan, but he did offer us a plan to live with - unlike all the programs that preceded it. It would be a sin if we did not support it and not apply Israeli sovereignty to the settlement and the Jordan Valley.For more views of Carolyn Glick