U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital; U.N. General Assembly Rejects Move

On December 6, President Trump announced that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump also stated plans to eventually move the United States embassy there from its current location in Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem, a key piece in the peace process between Israel and Palestine, has been divided since 1967, with East Jerusalem occupied by Palestine. Trump’s move only declares official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but does not establish or move city boundaries for Israelis or Palestinians.

On December 21, however, the United Nations General Assembly voted to reject Trump’s position on Jerusalem. In the vote, 128 nations supported the U.N. General Assembly stance that the United States’ move will have no legal impact over Jerusalem. Nine countries voted against the U.N. position, and 35 abstained.

UN Overwhelmingly Condemns Trump’s Jerusalem Decision | CBS This Morning |  [2017-12-22]

UN Votes to condemn US decision on Jerusalem | Fox News [2017/12/21]

Up to now, the United States has refrained from officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The sensitive issue of Jerusalem, its boundaries, and its status, has long been seen as one of the ultimate considerations in the final peace negotiation process between Israel and Palestine. Many feel Trump’s move signifies that the United States has abandoned its neutral position in Israel-Palestine peace negotiations, and that as a result, the process has been disrupted.

What’s more, Trump’s decision is said to be in violation of several U.N. Security council resolutions pertaining to the Israel-Palestine conflicts. It also is seen as endorsing a move by Israel that may be a violation of a portion of the Geneva Convention that “prohibits appropriation of lands won in war to the territory of an existing nation,” according to CBS’ Jeffrey Wright.

UN Condemns Trump’s Jerusalem Decision | CBS News [2017/12/21]

US should dial back the rhetoric against UN: Larry Korb | Fox Business [2017/12/21]

The city of Jerusalem is considered holy to three major religions. It’s where Solomon is said to have built the first Jewish temple; where Christ is said to have been crucified; and where the prophet Mohammed is said to have ascended to heaven.

One issue that has not widely been discussed regarding the question of why Trump made such a move is the fact that Jerusalem is significant to American Evangelical Christians (81 percent of whom voted for Trump). The city figures significantly in what Evangelicals refer to as the “end times.” In order for Biblical prophecy to be fulfilled, they say, Jerusalem needs to be in the control of Israel. In order for Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to his base, Jerusalem needs to be recognized as the Israeli capital.

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and to move the U.S. embassy there has exacerbated hostility from groups who align solidly with the Palestinians. On the other hand, since the U.N. has trounced support of the decision, many feel Trump’s move will be contained in its worldwide impact.


* Erik’s Editorial: If 100% enforcement of immigration laws results in badness, then we should amend said laws; History will be the final judge of Trump; Muslims help repair vandalized Jewish cemetery; Trump hates the LGBT community (2017-02-22)

1. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136330132108

No law is enforced 100%.

It’s not helpful, necessary, or sane to enforce immigration law 100%.

But if we must have 100% enforcement, how about of these laws instead?

antitrust laws
discrimination laws
ethics laws
pollution laws
tax laws
traffic laws

* Office of Congressional Ethics

2. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136463494848

A have several millionaire friends.
And at least one billionaire classmate.
Most of whom have been conspicuously silent since inauguration day.

Don’t be silent. Be this guy:

* August Landmesser – Wikipedia

3. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136476189408

The Trump administration is demonstrably on the wrong side of history on just about every issue it has touched. But I alone do not have to judge Trump and his ilk. History will be his judge, and he will certainly be both a bottom quartile POTUS and the worst in my lifetime (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_presidents_of_the_United_States).

As to what is right and what is wrong. I submit that it is quite easy to tell. Just ask your mother. As it says on the home page of the Clocktower Law website, “We do not, however, represent patent trolls, trademark bullies, or cybersquatters.” When representing clients, it is easy to tell the good apples from the bad eggs.

I am reminded of the Valediction of Professor Gregory, whose influence on my life is reflected in how I run my firm, and who said, “Look at reality with a cold, hard, steely-eyed gaze. Lawyers get bad reputations by distorting reality. If you feel yourself losing sight of reality, fear not. I have the solution: Ask you mother.”

Vigilance, my friends.

* Professor David D. Gregory (2011-01-26)
Teacher, Mentor, Friend.

4. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136567286848

There is hope for America:

* Muslims Help Repair Vandalized Jewish Cemetery (2017-02-22)

5. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136726363058

Dear Politicians:

Stay out of my bathroom.
Stay out of my bedroom.
Stay out of my pants.

A Voter

* Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections For Transgender Students (2017-02-22)

6. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136780120328

So this is not what you would expect:


Proving, among other things, that Trump need better trademark lawyers.

Whereas this is exactly what you would expect: