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May 10, 2017 9:57 am

Israel Denies Receiving Message From Trump Administration That Embassy Will Not Be Moved to Jerusalem

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denied a report on Wednesday that it had received a notification from the White House that the US had decided against moving its embassy in the Jewish state from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a pledge made by President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign.

According to the Hebrew news site nrg, Trump will follow the example of his three immediate predecessors by vetoing a relocation of the embassy.

Under the terms of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed by Congress in 1995, the embassy should have been moved to the Israeli capital no later than May 1999. But all three presidents since the legislation went through — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — have signed twice-yearly waivers delaying its implementation, on “national security” grounds.

President Obama signed the last waiver on October 16, 2016. Trump is due to make a decision on whether to sign on May 31.

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The nrg report said Trump had originally planned to announce the move on his first day in office on January 20, but then changed his mind “for reasons unknown.” The report went on to say a message had now been relayed from Washington to Jerusalem clarifying that Trump would sign the waiver after all, “in contradiction to Israel’s explicit requests.”

The uncertainty over whether Trump will keep a promise made at the 2016 AIPAC conference — where, as a candidate in the Republican primaries, he stated his determination to move the embassy to “the eternal capital of the Jewish people” — comes one week after he hosted a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House.

A report published earlier this week by the pro-Abbas Ramallah newspaper Al-Ayyam said Palestinian officials were pleasantly surprised by the warm reception they received in Washington, DC. Abbas is said to have told Trump that “We are left with the solution of two states: a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, and Israel. We want a state in those borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

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  • David1945

    President Donald Trump has more than proven during his first 100 days in Office that he is a Pathological Liar of the highest order.

    I can vividly recall, as if it were last night, his standing up before an Audience of more than a thousand people and loudly proclaiming that during his first Day in the White House, he would sign an Order to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

    We have since that momentous Speech observed Trump “back track” and lie about almost every single empty promise he ever uttered in his manic obsessive struggle to become President of the US.

    We now well know how to immediately recognize when this poor excuse of a man is NOT telling the Truth. It is quite simple really.

    His lips are moving.

  • David1945

    President Donald Trump has more than proven during his first 100 days in Office that he is a Pathological Liar of the highest order.

    I can vividly recall, as if it were last night, his standing up before an Audience of more than a thousand people and loudly proclaiming that during his first Day in the White House, he would sign an Order to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

    We have since that momentous Speech observed Trump “back track” and lie about almost every single empty promise he ever uttered in his manic obsessive struggle to become President of the US.

    We now well know how to immediately recognize when this poor excuse of a man is NOT telling the Truth. It is quite simple really.

    His lips are moving.

  • watsa46

    F media specialized in F news?

  • Israel will know by June whether President Trump honors his campaign promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, Israel. Hopefully, the President will not sign a six-month waiver.

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