Monday, June 5, 2017

Netanyahu to Trump: You’re Driving Peace Further Away With Punt On Embassy Move To Jerusalem

Totally expected, and yet a little discordant with Donald Trump’s efforts to be seen as a promise keeper. The new president has signed the standard six-month waiver on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite a campaign promise to act quickly on the transfer. Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement that emphasized Trump’s commitment to the move, saying “the question is not if that move happens, but when.”
That’s what every president since Bill Clinton has said, too:
President Donald Trump renewed a waiver on that keeps the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv instead of moving it to Jerusalem, the White House announced Thursday.
Mr. Trump had promised on the campaign trail and during the transition that he would move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital in what would be a major reversal of longstanding U.S. policy.
Mr. Trump faced a June 1 deadline to sign the waiver, or else be legally obligated to move the embassy under a 1995 law.
In a statement, the White House said Mr. Trump decided to sign the waiver to “maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests.”
Read the rest from Ed Morrissey HERE.

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