If a video produced by the White House President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, is any reflection of Trump’s views, he has less understanding of what Israel means to the Jewish people than he purports to have.
The video features a map of Israel within the pre-June 1967 ceasefire lines, meaning the Golan Heights, which were annexed by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, are not shown as part of Israel; the areas of Judea and Samaria are also not shown as part of Israel, though they have been part of the Jewish people’s claim to the land for over 3,000 years, and East Jerusalem is not shown as part of the Jewish state, although it, too, was recaptured and annexed by the Jews in 1967 and Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.
East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Sinai, the West Bank and the Golan were captured by Israel in 1967; the Sinai was returned to Egypt and Israel later withdrew from Gaza.
No U.S. administration has recognized Israeli sovereignty over any of these areas.
To understand the physical significance of the Golan Heights to Israel, one has only to stand on them looking down at Israel to understand how suicidal it would be for Israel to return them; in wars prior to Israel’s annexation of them, Arabs would be shooting straight down at Israeli villages.
To understand the religious significance of Judea and Samaria, one has only to read the history of the Jewish people; King David was anointed king in Hebron, which is in Judea; before Jerusalem became the Jewish capital under King David, Shiloh, in modern-day Samaria, was a major place of Jewish worship.
The status of Jerusalem is a particular sticking point; to this day, on U.S. passports, Jerusalem is not recognized as part of Israel, so that if a child is born in Jerusalem, the passport does not even list Israel as the child’s birthplace.
Recently the terrorist group Hamas announced it would still not accept Israel, but would consider it a "formula of national consensus" if Israel returned to the suicidal pre-1967 borders. There was cheering from some quarters that Hamas had softened its position, which is ludicrous. One would hope that Trump, unlike Barack Obama, would dismiss any idea of Israel returning to the pre-1967 borders.