Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NETANYAHU : TRUMP'S MOVING US EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM IS GREAT

Benjamin Netanyahu has recently described Trump's proposal of moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as "great".

I call it provocative and not very conducive to finding a fair and peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict that Trump would allegedly seek to find.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is "great."

...Netanyahu's remarks come a day after Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said that the president-elect is determined to move the embassy after he takes office on January 20.

"That is very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump," Conway said in a radio interview Monday. "He made it very clear during the campaign," she said, adding that she has heard him reiterate it on several occasions in private meetings since he was elected.

...Trump is not the first presidential candidate to promise to move the embassy, both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made similar promises, but once in office they signed the waiver required to avoid following through with the move.

Arab countries and the Palestinians are expected to react harshly if the United States does relocate its embassy, and while Israeli leaders regularly speak of the need to move it, they have avoided applying any real pressure on the Americans on the issue over the years.

[source : Netanyahu: Trump's Idea to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is 'Great', Haaretz, http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.758821, 13th December 2016]

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