Chris Matthews is deeply concerned that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will "desecrate" the holy city and "hopeful capital of the Palestinian state."
Speaking to Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, Matthews fretted over President-elect Donald Trump's vow to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as a symbol of America's recognition that an undivided Jerusalem is and will remain the eternal capital of the Jewish State. Matthews couldn't possibly understand Trump's motivation here, and expresses as much in the following segment, via Newsbusters:
Why are we moving the embassy to — to Jerusalem at a time that the whole place over there could blow up? Why do something that's right in the face of the Palestinians, right in the face of the Jordanians, the Saudis, the Egyptians. The one thing they say is leave you know, the Dome of the Rock alone, leave our — the hopeful capital of a Palestinian state alone. Don't desecrate it by saying it's the capital of Israel at this point?
Murphy attempted to explain that Trump could go the way of George W. Bush and decide not move the embassy upon taking office. However, Matthews wasn’t buying it: “But you don't do it. You say you're going to do it to pander a little bit. Fine, that's politics. But you don't actually do it. Doesn't Trump know this?”
At another point in the program, Matthews spoke with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt about Trump's choice for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, whom Matthews fears will be too pro-Israel and work too well with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (God forbid, right?):
Does he understand when you're trying to cut a deal with the Saudis and you're trying to deal with the Saudis and the Jordanians and al-Sisi in Egypt and the Emirates you're trying to cut something with the quartet over there, and then you move the American embassy to Jerusalem right in their face? The one thing they've always said, please don't do, because we care about that holy site as much as the Jewish people do. Don't take sides. What happens then? Does he not understand the importance of this fragile deal we have over there.
Some in Israel believe that the President-elect will actually make good on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy, while the chattering class here in the States believes he was, as Matthews put it, pandering. Whether Trump moves the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem remains to be seen, but that even the mere idea of doing so is so anathema to the Left tells us everything we need to know about how deep their hatred for the Jewish State runs. To even use the term "desecrate" in the context Matthews did is egregious, particularly considering the fact that Jerusalem is the Jewish Capital.