Trump waives law requiring US move its embassy to Jerusalem

Randolph Lopez
June 3, 2017

"I trust the Trump Administration to eventually fulfill their commitment to move our embassy to Jerusalem at the most opportune time".

The Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by Congress in 1995 mandating relocation of embassy to Jerusalem allows the president to waive the requirement in accordance with US national security interests. Trump was facing a Thursday deadline to renew the waiver or have the State Department lose half its funding for overseas facilities, AP reported.

Today, President Trump followed the proud bipartisan tradition of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush of promising to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and then, once in office, saying... Numerous leaders, including Palestinian officials, told Trump that establishing the embassy in Jerusalem would harm the U.S.'s ability to help broker the "ultimate deal" in peace talks.

Despite campaign promises to move the embassy to Jerusalem, Trump signed a waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.

For what it's worth, Barack Obama never promised to move the embassy. But Naftali Bennett, leader of Israel's Jewish Home party, argued that "delaying the USA embassy move will, in fact, have an opposite affect and damage the prospect of a lasting peace by nurturing false expectations among the Palestinians regarding the division of Jerusalem, which will never happen".

"Jordan and Egypt, countries that have made peace with Israel and who are eager to contribute to a reinvigorated Israeli-Palestinian peace process, have made clear their strong opposition to such a move".

In Israel, the whole issue of embassy location has largely been greeted with a shrug.

"We are ready to start the consultation process with the USA administration".

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A senior Israeli official is expressing disappointment over Trump's decision against relocating the embassy to Jerusalem and is accusing the USA of caving in to Arab pressure. The President also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital for a future, independent state.

KELEMEN: Right. Well, the Israelis call it the eternal capital, but Jerusalem is also important to the Palestinians.

President Donald Trump decided Thursday to keep the U.S.' Israel embassy in Tel Aviv, temporarily waving a decades-old law requiring the diplomatic building's relocation to Jerusalem. He has stated that he would like to broker the "ultimate deal", a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians with the approval of the rest of the Arab world. Still, the White House insisted Trump was merely delaying, not abandoning, his oft-cited pledge to relocate the embassy.

INSKEEP: Oh, and that's the part of Jerusalem that Israelis captured in a war in 1967.

Palestinian and other Arab leaders are praising Trump's decision.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who welcomed Trump to the city last week, expressed disappointment at the delay but made it clear he still values Trump's support.

However, the embassy's eventual move to Jerusalem was a question of when, not if, Spicer added.

"Of course the status of Jerusalem is a core issue that can only be resolved through a negotiated political settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

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