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Today in Conservative Media: Trump’s Jerusalem Decision is “An Event of Almost Biblical Significance”

US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017 as US Vice President Mike Pence looks on.  / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington on Wednesday.
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Today in Conservative Media is a daily roundup of the biggest stories in the right-wing press.

Conservatives gushed about President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday. At National Review, David French called the move a blow against international anti-Semitism:

The bottom line is that to be Israeli in the world is to face unique challenges. In international competitions, athletes will sometimes forfeit rather than compete against Israelis. Universities will impose sanctions on Israeli academics that they’ll impose on no one else. You’ll find yourself barred from entering numerous countries. And when defenders of these double standards bleat about “Israeli occupation,” remember that they don’t impose the same penalties on nations with far worse records on human rights. That, friends, is textbook anti-Semitism.
If “stability” means the perpetuation of double standards, the isolation of Israel, and continued kowtowing to threats of violence, then it’s time to call the Arabs’ bluff. If the most powerful nation in the history of the world doesn’t have the moral strength to even properly recognize Israel’s capital, it gives aid and comfort to those who impose unique burdens on the Jewish state. Will America’s Arab allies — nations that depend on our alliances to confront a growing Iranian threat — forsake their own national security to protest an embassy location? It’s time to find out.

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak called the decision “an event of almost Biblical significance.” “[R]ecognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the U.S. embassy there is just a recognition of reality,” he wrote. “But it is also a courageous decision, showing that the U.S. will stand with our allies regardless of terrorist threats. President Trump’s decision also represents a guarantee of Israeli sovereignty in at least part of Jerusalem. As such, it represents the fulfillment of thousands of years of Jewish prayer, and over a century of Zionist efforts to establish and protect a Jewish state in the ancient homeland of the Jewish people.”

On Fox & Friends, Ben Shapiro called the decision “an act of not only political bravery, but moral courage” and said that the Muslim dominated portions of Jerusalem dangerous.

Also on Fox, Jesse Watters called the move “vintage Trump.” “He actually does what he says he’s going to do, and then there’s a bunch of hysteria, but the hysteria is not always as bad as it seems like it’s going to be.”

In other news:

Conservatives needled Democrats over the John Conyers saga. RedState ran a post about a new Conyers accuser who says the congressman referenced the murdered federal intern Chandra Levy. “I don’t know anything about Conyers’s game as a ‘playa’, but when you ask a woman to sleep with you and she says ‘no’ and you immediately digress into talking about the ‘inside information’ you have on girl who is missing and presumed dead, it is not a huge leap to think you’ve just been threatened,” the blogger Streiff wrote. At National Review, Ben Shapiro criticized Conyers for endorsing his son as a candidate for his seat, and argued sustained support for the congressman over the decades reflects a shift in how politicians are viewed:

Americans used to see their representatives as just that: representatives. Now they see their politicians as protectors, lords and ladies of the fiefdom: If you grant them office, they will ensure that you may plow your field in peace. Just make sure to toss them an extra portion of your harvest. Hence our willingness to elect bad men and women to high office: They are not we. They just protect us. Nobody expected King Henry VIII to avoid the ladies; his job was to protect the kingdom. Nobody expects their congressperson to avoid sin; his or her job is to bring home the occasional bacon and keep the foreign lords from the land.

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