For most Jewish Israelis, Jerusalem has been the capital for 3,000 years, and will continue to be. We appreciate Trump’s declaration, but we didn’t need him to know the truth, and we don’t need to be scared or panicked over him saying it, either.
Jerusalem Syndrome is a phenomenon in which people become psychotic, usually on a religious or messianic theme, upon visiting the holy city.
There seemed to be another kind of Jerusalem Syndrome going around since President Trump decided to, in his own words, “finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.”
The psychosis began with much of the media and the usual European suspects tut-tutting and breathlessly anticipating violence as if the Palestinians are Pavlovian lab subjects of condescending diplomats. Media outlets sent crews here from around the world to cover what they were certain would be explosive violence in Jerusalem.
Emma Green wrote in The Atlantic that journalists in the Old City of Jerusalem outnumbered protesters three to one. A reporter flown in from Germany told me, five days after Trump’s announcement, about how uneventful her days standing with her crew outside the Damascus Gate have been. When the anchors in Berlin asked about violence, she didn’t really have much to say. She really enjoyed the falafel, though.