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Sunday, June 4, 2017

U.S. Jewish groups disappointed by Embassy decision

Jewish groups in the United States on Friday expressed disappointment over President Donald Trump’s decision to delay the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
 
Trump on Thursday signed a waiver keeping the Embassy in Israel at its present location for at least six months.
 
“The Simon Wiesenthal Center is very disappointed by President Trump’s decision to delay transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. We are certain that the Trump Administration is very well aware that no Israeli Prime Minister will ever cede sovereignty over Jerusalem. The city is and will remain the undivided capital of Israel,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, the Dean and Founder and the Associate Dean of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.
 
“We note that the President’s aide emphasized that Mr. Trump still intends to make the move which would correct a historic US error -dating back to 1948—of refusing to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over its own capital. “
 
“Next week’s 50th anniversary of the reunification of the City during the June 1967 Six Day War, marks a half century of full access to holy sites of all faiths in the Old City, a fact that should be acknowledged and celebrated by religious leaders of all Abrahamic faiths.”
 
“We remind a forgetful world that dividing Jerusalem again in any way is a non-starter. In 1948, the Jordanian army destroyed the Jewish Quarter and all of it synagogues. It used headstones from the Mount of Olives for latrines and barred any Jew from visiting the Western Wall. Never again will the Jewish people allow any outside political or religious entity to control our people’s most hallowed ground.” READ MORE