- January 21, 2016 at 10:07 am #98251
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump said he would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
“They want it in Jerusalem,” the front-runner among Republican presidential candidates said in an interview posted Tuesday by The Brody File, a Christian Broadcasting Network show. “Well I am for that 100 percent. We are for that 100 percent.”
David Brody, the CBN journalist, had asked Trump whether he agreed with GOP rivals, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who have pledged to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem once elected.
Trump’s agreement seemed to be an about-face from remarks in December at the Republican Jewish Coalition, when the real estate magnate refused to commit to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.
Speaking over boos at that event, Trump said it was foolish to harden positions ahead of talks.
“You can’t go in with the attitude ‘we’re gonna shove it down your,’ you’ve got to go in and get it and do and do it nicely, so that everybody’s happy,” he said there.
Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating the move of the embassy to Jerusalem, but allowed the president a waiver. Each president since then has routinely exercised the waiver, citing the national security interests of the United States.
Trump, who also drew boos at the RJC event for suggesting Israelis and Palestinians were equally culpable for the collapse of the peace process, told Brody evangelicals should know he would be good for Israel.
Calling President Barack Obama “the worst thing that has ever happened to Israel” for negotiating the recent Iran-nuclear deal, Trump pledged loyalty to Israel.
“I will be very good to Israel,” he said. “People know that. I have so many friends from Israel. I have won so many awards from Israel. I was even the grand marshal for the Israeli Day Parade a few years ago. So I will back Israel.”
Fair Use for Education & Discussion PurposesJanuary 21, 2016 at 11:23 am #98262
Ive heard that before. Even if they do move the embassy I will wonder what sneaky plans they got that will somehow stab israel in the back.January 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm #98277
Ive heard that before. Even if they do move the embassy I will wunder what sneaky plans they got that will somehow stab israel in the back.
Let’s see, if my memory is correct, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and obama all said that they would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and once they got elected, there was always some obscure reason not to do so, (from what I can see, afraid of upsetting the Arabs), so I don’t care who says it, “Seeing is believing”. If it happens I will rejoice, as Donald Trump says, “BIGLY” and yes, it is a word.January 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm #98280
I think it should only be moved if Israel agrees. Maybe that is why it hasn’t been moved yet. See you in the air soon.
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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump said he would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem
This is looking like It’s a Done deal Folks… Exciting as he said is and Understatement..
50 years after the Liberation of Jerusalem… wow….
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Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) speaks at the King David Hotel on possible sites for the future U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
Posted by Jerusalem Dateline on Sunday, March 5, 2017March 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm #129075
Led by Representative Ron DeSantis of Florida, the group was set to visit possible sites for the American Embassy during its one-day trip..
Congressional group meets with Netanyahu, touring sites around Jerusalem; Fatah warns move will ‘explode situation in region’March 6, 2017 at 9:27 am #129096
‘Trump will keep his promise to move embassy to Jerusalem’
A congressional delegation sent to Israel to examine the issue of relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem arrived this weekend for a fact-finding mission to assess the practical and political implications of the move.
Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), a member of the delegation, told reporters at a press conference Sunday evening that President Trump intends to stand by his campaign pledge to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Israeli journalists have been writing articles doubting Trump’s intentions since the inauguration.
According to DeSantis, Trump’s inauguration and the selection of Ambassador-Designate to Israel David Friedman were exciting moments following eight years under President Obama, during which relations between Israel and the White House were “not simple.”
“The American people are excited to see the embassy move from Jerusalem after fifty years,” said DeSantis, referencing the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War.
Contrary to media reports that the Israeli government and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had asked the White House to hold off on the proposed embassy relocation, Rep. DeSantis said Israel’s leadership was unified in its support of the move.
“I also met with Netanyahu and everyone [in the government] was in favor. Maybe Netanyahu is waiting for the confirmation of the new ambassador. In my opinion, [the delay in the relocation] is a logistical problem.”
Regarding speculation by opponents of the embassy move that the relocation could increase tensions in the region, DeSantis said the threats seemed overblown.
“I can’t know what will be in the future. I do know that there are advantages to moving the embassy, and one of them is honesty. We have to be honest that Jerusalem is the capital [of Israel]. There is no real argument about that at all. America stands behind its ally, Israel. Just as we condemned the UN [Security Council] resolution, we stand by our friend’s side.”
DeSantis added that by relocating its embassy, the US would likely cause other countries to do the same.
“I don’t know how many countries will take this step, but if the US does this, we will see more countries joining.”
Fair Use for Education & Discussion PurposesMarch 6, 2017 at 10:31 am #129101
“I don’t know how many countries will take this step, but if the US does this, we will see more countries joining
And therein, lies the rub.March 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm #129140
Abbas said earlier in January that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would be an “aggressive” move that crosses a “red line.” Shortly thereafter, the PA chairman begged political leaders around the world to stop Trump from moving ahead with his plan.
‘Trump will keep his promise to move embassy to Jerusalem’
And therein, lies the rub.
~March 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm #129166
CAIRO — Arab League foreign ministers adopted a resolution Tuesday against any attempt to move diplomatic missions to Jerusalem, following Donald Trump’s presidential campaign pledge to move the American embassy in Israel.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest issues in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Moving diplomatic missions to Jerusalem would be “a serious violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and relevant Security Council resolutions,” it said.
The Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while Israel proclaims the entire city as its capital.
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Arab League to resist embassies moving to JerusalemMarch 8, 2017 at 10:14 am #129186April 20, 2017 at 10:47 am #130832
Well maybe not so fast….
I just read that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem has become a bargaining chip with the Palestinians. If PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas agrees to stop paying salaries to terrorists and their families, then the US will keep its embassy in Tel Aviv.
This is a problem. The US should move its embassy to Jerusalem because Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. If on the off chance that Israel transfers sovereignty over northern, eastern and southern Jerusalem to the Palestinians, western Jerusalem, which is where the US would be putting its embassy, would still be Israel’s capital.
So the issue of the embassy has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the US is giving the PLO more than $500 million a year and that the PLO is spending $300 million a year on payments to terrorists.
These are entirely separate issues.
By conflating them, the US is simply saying that it believes that western Jerusalem is in play or that Israel has no right to determine its capital or that the PLO — which spends $300m a year on payments to terrorists — has a veto over whether or not the US will move its capital to Jerusalem.
This is a bad deal for Israel and it is also a bad deal for the US.
Abbas will lie to the Americans like he always does. And he’ll transfer the money another way, or the same way and deny his own actions.
And in the meantime, the embassy will stay in Tel Aviv.
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