Summary: This week’s final round goes deep into Jerusalem. Other topics include Utah national monuments, comparing Obama and Trump’s policy toward Syria, the CVS/Aetna merger, Yemen, and much more!
Released: Filed Under: Extemp
Since the War of Independence in 1948, Israel has disagreed with much of the Western world in whether to (1) make Jerusalem the rightful capitol of the Israeli state or (2) make Jerusalem somewhat of an “international city” like the Vatican, shared by both Jew and Arab citizens. Israel has been alone in casting the latter view as fiction, hailing its right to declare its own capitol and housing most of its government (its parliament and Supreme Court) in Jerusalem. The Western world, led by the United States, has boycotted Israel by housing its embassy in Tel Aviv.
Donald Trump changed that last week by announcing through the State Department that Jerusalem will now be the home for the US Embassy in Israel. The move, ironically, was promised by every administration since 1995 when Congress recognized Jerusalem, but waivers have been signed by presidents for fear of an Arab backlash. The hope for a Palestinian capitol in at least part of Jerusalem is now gone, and perhaps the feared backlash is coming.
Will peace or violence come of this? Extempers get to answer this question this week.
This week’s final round goes deep into Jerusalem. Other topics include Utah national monuments, comparing Obama and Trump’s policy toward Syria, the CVS/Aetna merger, Yemen, and much more!
- Download the document with the button above. Study this release and get to know it well. File and print as necessary to prepare for your upcoming competition.
- This download is exclusively for Monument Members participating in Season 18. Any use outside this membership is a violation of U.S. Copyright Law and violators will be prosecuted.
- As always, double check all claims, warrants, hyperlinks and the current news in case any changes have occurred that will affect your competition.
- NEW FEATURE! Do you have questions about this download? Tap in your comment at the bottom of the page. The author, the site owner, or another member will most likely reply.
Permission & Usage
Click Here for complete information on permissions. All membership content is proprietary intellectual content, so please respect its copyright. Simply put, if you are not a Monument Member, you may not use it or share its content. If one partner of a debate team is a member and the other is not, the one who is a Monument Member must be the controller of the logins, downloads and incorporation of the Monument Membership material. Sharing logins is strictly prohibited.