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US Embassy to Stay in Tel Aviv For Now

19 Mai 2017

Since his campaign pledge at the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC), Trump has been pressured to make the move.

Earlier this week, while preparing for Trump's visit, an American aide told an Israeli aide the Western Wall was not a part of Israel, during a spat about Netanyahu's request to visit the holy site with Trump, a request that was ultimately rejected.

The two officials also agreed to improve accounting and auditing and accuracy of providing the Palestinian side with accounting information, in a manner that ensures Palestinian interests. But on Israel, they may be feeding him the same myths that drove Obama to put pressure on the Jewish state rather than the Palestinians.

Former intelligence officials worry Israel will be more reluctant to share highly classified information with the Trump administration, especially if it could endanger spies. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a European intelligence official warned that his country may stop sharing information with the a result of Trump's disclosure.

"It has been, is, and shall remain the capital of Israel". "It is time to end America's doublespeak", says the letter.

But the real fury appears to be in Israel. Refusal to recognize Jerusalem is anti-Semitic.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that a White House official already communicated that the President will postpone the transfer of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem following positive talks between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

It references the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, adopted by votes of 93-5 in the Senate and 374-37 in the House, which instructed that the embassy be moved by May 31, 1999.

"If he were to announce next week or the week after that he's not signing the national security waiver and if the process of evaluating how the move would take place were to begin, that would be a step in the right direction", he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in preparation for next week's visit by Trump, is known to be hoping to gain support for the USA embassy move, as it would be interpreted as validating Israel's 1967 annexation of the eastern section of Jerusalem, and a slap in the face to Palestine's original claims on the region. Some Gulf Arab diplomats have floated the notion of making a positive gesture toward Israel, possibly a limited upgrading of diplomatic and economic ties, in exchange for up-front concessions to the Palestinians. "Many of our constituents cast their vote for you due to this commitment, '" the letter said. "Even if Israel was harmed by Trump's behavior, it won't rush to make this public".

Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver was among the signers.

Jerusalem remains disputed territory and most United Nations states, including the USA, do not recognize Israel's ownership of east Jerusalem, which it claimed after the 1967 War.

According to Israel's Channel 2 TV station, officials were actively looking into possible locations for a new United States embassy - including the Diplomat Hotel in the Talpiot neighborhood of west Jerusalem, a privately owned building that is home to 500 elderly immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

US Embassy to Stay in Tel Aviv For Now