Israel Expects President Trump to Move Embassy to Jerusalem Within Days

Marsha Scott
December 2, 2017

Following Tuesday evening's celebration at the United Nations celebrating 70 years since the UN adopted the partition plan and given the US Vice President's speech at the event, officials in Israel speculate that US President Donald Trump is preparing to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

"While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance", the White House released in a June statement. It would also force the Arabs and the Palestinians to wake up from a long-harbored fantasy that they could disassociate Israel and the Jewish people from Jerusalem. "In 1897, Theodor Herzl dreamed of the impossible", Danon said.

Despite it being a campaign promise, Trump has so far deferred an embassy move. "From this day onward - for the next 70 years and beyond - Israel will continue to be a beacon of democracy ... a powerhouse of innovation and a light unto the nations". "That under our administration, America will always stand with Israel".

"O$3 ur administration is working with Congress to overcome some of the Iran deal's most glaring problems", the emphatic VP stressed.

Israeli Transportation Minister Israel Katz, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and Ron Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, will address the audience at the event, which was organized by the Israeli mission to the UN.

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Despite his campaign promises, Trump signed the presidential waiver to delay the move, stating that it was in order to "maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians".

He also commented on US efforts at the UN, repeating USA envoy to the UN Nikki Haley's words that "the days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over".

The king, visiting Capitol Hill to discuss US-Jordanian strategic, military and economic cooperation, said that moving the embassy could only come as part of a comprehensive deal for a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

"Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating moving the embassy, but stipulated that each US president could sign a waiver every six months that would effectively keep the embassy in Tel Aviv", Keinon added.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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