Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) commended President Donald Trump for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling the move "long overdue."
Trump on Wednesday will order the State Department to begin moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. The move is expected to inflame tensions across the Middle East.
"Yes, there will be consequences. There may be violence. Just too bad," Peters said on "America's Newsroom," calling it the moral and ethical thing to do.
He said that for decades U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has pandered to the Palestinians, only to have attempts at creating a peace between Israel and Palestine repeatedly rejected.
"It's about time we call their bluff," Peters said. "By God, this is one Trump policy I fully support."
He said it remains to be seen what consequences this move will have, but it could result in a tax on U.S. embassies in the Middle East, violent protests and angering our allies around the world.
"But at some point you just have to do the right thing and damn the consequences," Peters said. "And I think we're doing the right thing."
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