The news coverage today of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem is nearly as important as the event itself. Millions of people will form an opinion today not on the facts of the situation, but upon the way those facts are presented by national and international news media sources.
Many news outlets continue to focus on the Gaza Strip as if the 1 million people who live there are equal partners in decisions made in Israel, by Israel. In plain talk, any non-resident of Israel is not an equal partner with the people who are citizens of Israel. But no doubt, many people watching the news today will assume Palestinians have somehow been unfairly left out of this decision-making process. To make matters more absurd, Israel didn’t make the decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The United States made that decision. Shall the United States ask the residents of Gaza permission of where we establish an embassy in other countries? Congress voted to move the embassy in 1995. If we’d moved it immediately, we wouldn’t be in this tragic situation today.
By its own choice in 1948, residents in Gaza and the surrounding area separated itself from Israel. Many others did the same thing. But the people of the Gaza Strip have been caught in a complicated trap of maintaining a hatred for Israelis and yet remaining in one of the world’s most crowded and tragic communities on the edge of an ever-prospering Israel. No one seems to know what to do with a people imprisoned by their own boundaries. But this is not Israel’s responsibility.