American embassy opens in Jerusalem in May


A quick holiday fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black!
 
Scroll down to read this post.
 
In past years I have managed to avoid asking for donations for Behind the Black during the holiday season. My finances however now compel me to do a short one-week fund-raiser, from November 11 to November 17.
 
I do not use Twitter for ethical reasons, which I have been told cuts down on traffic to the website. So be it. Furthermore, Facebook has clearly acted in the past two years to limit traffic to Behind the Black, almost certainly for political reasons. So be this as well. Finally, I do not post outside ads, as I have found them annoying to my readers and not that profitable to me.

 

Therefore, I need to ask for the direct support from my readers. If you like what I do here, please consider contributing, either by making a one-time donation or a monthly subscription, as indicated in the tip jar below.


 

Regular readers can support Behind The Black with a contribution via paypal:

Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


If Paypal doesn't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to
 
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

 

Or you could consider purchasing one of my books, as indicated in the boxes scattered throughout the website. My histories of space exploration are award-winning and are aimed for the general public. All are page-turners, and all not only tell the story of the beginning of the human exploration of space, they also help explain why we are where we are today. And I also have a science fiction book available, Pioneer, which tells its own exciting story while trying to predict what life in space will be like two hundred years in the future.

 

Note that for this week only I am also having a sale on the purchase of the last 20 hardbacks of Leaving Earth. (Click on the link for more information about the book, which was endorsed by Arthur C. Clarke himself!) This award-winning out-of-print book is now only available as an ebook, but I still have a handful of hardbacks available, normally for sale for $70 plus $5 shipping. For this week only you can buy them, personally autographed by me, for $50 plus $5 shipping! Just send me a check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to the address above, with a note saying that the money is for the Leaving Earth hardback.

 

Please consider donating. Your help will make it possible for me to continue to be an independent reporter in the field of space, science, technology, and culture.

In order to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence, the Trump administration today announced that the American embassy will officially open in Jerusalem in May 2018.

Officials told Fox News the embassy would initially be located in the neighborhood of Arnona on a compound that currently houses the consular operations of the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Initially, the embassy will consist of the Ambassador and a small team. Nauert said that the Consulate General would “continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate” from its Agron Road location.

An official also told Fox News that the hope is for the U.S. to develop only a “footprint” there in May, with a target of a fuller complement and facility by the end of 2019.

Much of this is therefore symbolic, but symbolism in diplomacy is often everything. More important, this action lends weight to the likelihood that Trump is firm in keeping this campaign promise, a campaign promise that every past Republican president since the 1990s failed to keep.

You might not like Trump, but an honest appraisal has to give him credit for one thing. He keeps his campaign promises. He said he’d cut taxes. He cut taxes. He said he’d shut down illegal immigration. Everything he has done indicates a sincere effort to do so. He said he’s cut regulation and neuter the EPA. He has done so, in a manner not seen by a president in my lifetime.

While I can certainly criticize Trump for a number of things, including his unwillingness to really cut spending and waste in the federal government, I would dishonest if I did not credit him for this.

Share

2 comments

  • Jim Jakoubek

    I just love this.

    How many times has it been said that we need a President that does what he promised to do? Somebody
    outside the usual gang that say what they need to and then once in office proceed with business as usual.

    Well, we have that and he is doing what he can fighting against the wind that blows through Washington and
    he is trashed over and over again for doing what he was put into office to do. What I am seeing is that the next
    step needs to be taken and that both the Senate and the House need some pruning of those who have been in
    power for years on end and hang on to that power with all this spending and pork.

    Congress controls the purse strings, not the President. Any spending cuts a President proposes are met with the
    time honored “dead on arrival” speech by Congress and who gets the blow back? The President.

    What we need to realize here is a simple truth. Spending will continue. And continue. And continue. There is all the
    talk about future generations will be paying for this and something needs to be done but NOTHING will be done
    until the day that we actually hit that wall and can no longer pay the bills.

    Think of it as having the ultimate credit card. You get to throw everything on the card and all you have to do is pay
    the minimum payment. Reached your credit limit?? No Problem! Just give YOURSELF more credit! As long as you can
    keep on paying the minimum payment, who cares?!?

    Who wants to end the party after all when one has this much control? There is no incentive to do so as long as
    the money keeps on flowing.

    What will stop it is that one day down the road, the minimum payment will no longer be able to be paid and once
    that happens and only then will the problem be addressed.

    So, Robert, if you want to criticize anything, I humbly suggest that you do so with Congress.

    Presidents have power but the money and spending lie with Congress.

  • Jim: You are right of course, Congress is at fault about spending. I have said so numerous times here at BtB.

    Still, the budget Trump proposed made little effort to rein it in, and for that I feel justified in criticizing him.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *