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Experts have been trying to explain the decision by the US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The most common explanation is the influence of Jewish lobbies in the United States. In order to make this statement more substantial, we consider it necessary to refer to the representation of Jewish officials in various levels of the US government today.
Thus, two of the 15 Secretaries of the US Presidential Cabinet, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin are Jews. In addition, four of Trump’s advisors are also Jews, including Trump’s son-in-law, Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner, who deals with free trade issues in the Middle East, Israel, as well as with the private sector.
Today, there are 30 Jews at US Congress, 21 of which are members of the House of Representatives, and 9 are members of the US Congressional Senate.
In addition, a Congressional group of Israeli allies, comprised of 20 members, is operating in the US House of Representatives. It has a bipartisan composition with 4 co-chairmen, two of which represent the Republican Party and the other two are Democratic. Among the founders of the group was also the current US Vice President Mike Pens, who previously was a Congressman and the co-chair of the group.
The fact that the number of Congressmen who support Jews is not limited to Jewish Congressmen only has once again been clearly demonstrated, for example, in the case of a draft law ”Israel against Boycott” recently introduced to the US Congress under which 45 Senators and 237 members of the House of Representatives signed. The draft law envisages a fine of up to 250,000 for those US citizens who will engage in foreign trade with organizations that boycott Israeli goods.
As for the legal branch of the government, it is enough to mention that today at least 3 of the 8 Supreme Court judges are Jews.
Jewish lobbying organizations operating in the United States also have their influence on different branches of the US government. For example, the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is targeting the US Congress, while the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (PDA) is more targeting the executive branch. As an interesting method of lobbying for the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee, one can refer to the seminars regularly organized by the Committee for US Congressmen in Israel to help them recognize the importance of American-Israeli relations. According to various estimates, one of every 8 US Congressmen participated in these seminars in Israel.
The above-mentioned facts once again prove that the Jews succeeded in achieving a solid representation in all three branches of the US government as a result of their targeted and consistent work. In this regard, the claim that Trump’s decision on the status of Jerusalem is primarily conditioned by the influence of Jewish lobbying on the current regime is more than justified. At the same time, considering the potential of the same Jewish lobby in the United States, one can conclude that this decision of Trump will also mitigate the counteraction against him at different levels of power today. This is a circumstance which, of course, could not be ignored by the Trump Team.