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Friday, May 5, 2017

Embassy move nixed - or just delayed?

Will Donald Trump honor his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? Or while the president, like his predecessors, invoke a security clause to delay implementation of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy law requiring the relocation and recognition of the city as Israel’s united capital?
 
Despite promising to relocate the embassy while a candidate – a promise also made by President Bush prior to his election in 2000 – Trump has remained mum on the issue of whether he will follow through and implement the 1995 law.
 
In recent weeks there have been mixed signals regarding the possible move, with a senior Republican lawmaker charged with oversight of America’s embassies claiming the relocation would likely be announced during the president’s trip to Israel later this month.
An agenda list drawn up by White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and inadvertently publicized in an Israel Independence Day selfie with Rabbi Shmuely Boteach suggested the move was on the Trump administration’s “to-do” list.
 
On Thursday, however, there were unofficial indications that the White House is in no rush to make the move. READ MORE