I am deeply disappointed that the Camera chose to run Steve Sack‘s misguided cartoon on May 17 critiquing the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. He appears to be holding Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Benjamin Netanyahu responsible for the placing of the embassy in Jerusalem and the killing of peace prospects. Justification for moving the embassy was set forth in U.S. Public Law 104-45 — Nov. 8, 1995, which mandated that the embassy be moved to Jerusalem by no later than 1999, with a provision that the president may suspend the date indefinitely if U.S. security concerns require it. The bill passed the Senate 93-5 on Oct. 24,1995 , and passed the House 374-37. It was President Trump who waived the suspension 23 years after the law passed, during which time Israel has made many concessions in multiple attempts at a peace agreement, while the Palestinians have failed to make the one concession required by Israel: recognition of Israel as a sovereign nation. The absence of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has not advanced the peace process, maybe having one there will.
If Mr. Sack wishes to make his displeasure about the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem public, he should critique Congress, the body that set the process in motion, and President Trump who completed it. Calling out the individuals depicted in the cartoon smacks of anti-Semitism.