Trump waives law requiring US move its embassy to Jerusalem

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2017

KELEMEN: Several Arab leaders have done that.

Proponents of the move argue that not moving the embassy is a major strategic error that only empowers America's adversaries and damages Israel's standing in the world.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Camp) also responded to the signing of the order and said that the transfer of the United States embassy, as well as any other embassy to Jerusalem, was a matter of request: "Unfortunately, Netanyahu learned another lesson today, that there are no shortcuts and anyone who wants worldwide recognition must reach a courageous political understanding", said Herzog.

"As he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy", White House officials said, "the question is not if that move happens, but only when". Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, a senior member of government, accused Trump of "a surrender" to pressure from Arab and Muslim nations.

President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh said the decision is an "important positive step" that illustrates the seriousness of the USA in promoting peace.

And in yet another sign of changing times, Trump's decision was also welcomed by the Palestinian Authority.

"We are ready to to start the consultation process with the United States administration", Zomlot said. "I am personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement".

"Fifty years ago, the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six Day War reunited the Jewish people with their historic capital city". The Palestinians never controlled Jerusalem, but claim that it is their territory and that Israelis are the "occupiers".

Arab governments and many USA officials have long argued that a move could incite violence because of the symbolism of placing the US diplomatic headquarters in a city claimed as a religious capital by Jews and Arabs.

According to ABC News, press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement on the "suspension of limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act".

The move would have effectively recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has been the Israeli government's longheld position throughout decades of negotiations.

President Trump's decision to sign a waiver postponing the relocation of the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has put many Trump supporters in the pro-Israel community in an awkward position. "I think in large measure the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process". Much of the worldwide community does not recognize Israel's capture of the territories.

More than half of Jordan's citizens are of Palestinian descent.

Momani says the president's decision shows "how much the administration values the advice of its allies" and that the focus must be on relaunching serious Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The front of the USA embassy is seen in Tel Aviv, Israel January 20, 2017. Delivered at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday.

The fight over Jerusalem has a long history in the fight between Israel and Palestine. Trump has cited a telephone call from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a driver behind his decision.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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