Thursday, June 1, 2017

Donald Trump Waives Moving Israel Capital.

With the clock ticking down before legislation enacted by Congress in 1995 would automatically transfer the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed a waiver postponing the move for a further six months, thus breaking one of his campaign promises that brought him to the White House in January.

“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 said in a statement June 1.

“President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians,” the statement continued. “But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”

Trump still claims to support moving the embassy, but wrote in a memorandum to Congress that “it is necessary, in order to protect the national security interests of the United States, to suspend for a period of six months the limitations set forth” in the 1995 law.

According to a White House statement, Trump still plans to move the embassy and “the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”

During his visit to the Middle East last month, Trump avoided reaffirming his support for relocating the U.S. embassy. While such a decision could be implemented simply by changing the brass plaque on the historic U.S. Consulate on Agron Street in western Jerusalem,

Trump understood that the act – however limited – would likely outrage America’s other key Middle East ally, Saudi Arabia, where he also visited during his state tour.

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