Israel’s justice minister calls Trump the ‘Churchill of the 21st century’

As US moves its embassy to Jerusalem, Ayelet Shaked says president ‘reversed Chamberlain’s policy of capitulation’

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks at the Orthodox Union in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (Courtesy)
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks at the Orthodox Union in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (Courtesy)

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday called US President Donald Trump the “Churchill of the 21st century” for his decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Shaked said that with his move Trump had “reversed Chamberlain’s policy of capitulation” and shown the world that “Israel is running the show here.”

She was speaking in Jerusalem at a breakfast organized by the Orthodox Union to celebrate the embassy move.

Previous US presidents of both parties refrained from opening embassies in Jerusalem, arguing that the city’s final status should first be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

US President Donald Trump stands with British Prime Minister Theresa May next to a bust of former British prime minister Winston Churchill on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Shaked appeared to be comparing that policy to British prime minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis prior to World War II, suggesting Trump was like his successor, Winston Churchill, who led the war effort.

Shaked, from the right-wing Jewish Home party, bashed Europe for not learning from history. She told the invited guests Europe “closed its eyes to the strengthening of the Nazis. Today it is choosing to close its eyes to the strengthening of Iran.”

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman gives a first glimpse of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on May 11, 2018, ahead of its opening on May 14 (Screenshot)

Delighting the Israeli government, but angering Palestinians who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, Trump announced on December 6, 2017, that he was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv.

On Monday, five months later, the move is set to take place with a celebratory ceremony in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood, with the threat of Palestinian unrest both in the capital and in the West Bank, and amid ongoing bloody riots spurred by the Hamas terror group at the border with Gaza.

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