Conservative commentator and Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro is praising President Donald Trump after he made the move to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
It is a move that was promised by previous administrations, but had not actually been implemented until this past week.
Shapiro called Trump’s decision an act of “political bravery” and “moral courage.”
Trump on Wednesday will order the State Department to begin moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. The move is expected to inflame tensions across the Middle East.
On “Fox & Friends,” Shapiro said this a ground shift and a necessary move to achieving lasting peace in the region.
Shapiro explained the struggle in the Middle East and how negotiations for peace always include the idea of Israel giving up her “eternal capital.” He said, “What President Trump is doing is not just a recognition of reality, it’s also an act of political usefulness.”
He said that is “insane,” as Jerusalem has extraordinary religious and historical importance to the Jewish people.
“For President Trump to recognize that this isn’t going anywhere, that the freedom of Israel is just inherently connected with the freedom of Jerusalem,” Shapiro continued, “it’s a recognition of a reality that’s necessary in order for real peace to be achieved in the region, not based on false stupidities that have been promulgated for the last couple decades.”