Israel did the right thing by allowing the Jerusalem Day flag march to proceed as usual. Insisting that it go ahead neutralized much of the event’s potential for volatility – the moment it was clear that Israel was determined and did not intend to blink or veer from its path due to terrorist threats or diplomatic pressure, they both lost much of their power.

As expected, no terrorist organization fired rockets from either the Gaza Strip or Lebanon, not when the march began and not when it ended. Judea and Samaria did not go up in flames, and even east Jerusalem saw only minor incidents. Anyone with the slightest familiarity with events thought this was how it would be – that unless things were out of control, mainly if there were (heaven forbid) anyone killed on the Temple Mount – the march would be held and would end safely.

Israel put considerable effort into ensuring this would be the case. Political leverage, in a number of forms, was used with the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Anyone who was able to mediate between the two sides – the Americans, Egyptians, Qataris, Jordanians, and UN representatives – did, while also warning that Israel would be responding to any attack. That helped calm things down, particularly when the Israeli message was clear: the march would be held, but had no intention of changing the status quo in Jerusalem.

Read more at Israel Hayom

We call upon the UK Government to officially recognise Jerusalem is Israel's capital and move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Related Articles:

Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott CANCELLED after Unilever steps in, rejects BDS

Ben & Jerry's will no longer boycott Israel, its parent company Unilever announced on Wednesday, after reaching a settlement with the ice cream company's Israeli licensee....

‘Russia isn’t our only problem’ – Ben Wallace warns of Iran’s ‘nuclear ambitions’ in defence speech

"The threat is growing and is global and multi-domain"The British Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has warned of the significance of the threat from Iran in a keynote speech in which he...

Egypt warns Iran not to target Israelis inside country – Report

Egyptian security officials warned Iran not to operate on Egyptian soil to target Israelis, days after Turkey and Israel apparently thwarted attempts to target Israeli civilians in...

In world first, Israel to pipe desalinated water into Sea of Galilee

Early next year, Israel is set to become the first country in the world to channel desalinated water into a natural lake — the Sea of Galilee.One of the lowest-lying bodies of water on...

IsraAID to send medical aid and relief items to Afghanistan following major earthquake

IsraAID is launching a humanitarian response to the earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan on June 22 and killed at least 1,000 people, injured more than 1,600 and damaged thousands...