On Dec. 6, President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said the U.S. Embassy would move from Tel Aviv to the holy city. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s move as a “historic day” and an “important step toward peace,” adding that he expected more countries to follow the U.S.’s lead. The Arab world and many U.S. European allies warned against the move, even as protests and flag burnings erupted throughout the Middle East and the region braced for potential violence.
Dr. Steven Derfler examines Trump’s announcement, the timing of his announcement, its legitimacy and the international community in his class “The U.S., Israel, and the American Embassy.” The class is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 10, at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Suite 211, in Punta Gorda.
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