Even before joining trump’s office, his transition team is looking for a place to transfer Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This would mean fulfilling one of his campaign promises.
During his campaign, trump has promised to move the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The head of his election headquarters, Kellyann Conway repeated that promise, saying it was “very high priority” to trump.
Former Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid said trump’s promise to move the U.S. Embassy “a great idea”.
He shared a story about a recent visit to Israel of President Obama: “I Remember not so long ago, the White house released a statement saying that the President was in Jerusalem at the funeral of Shimon Peres. Later the message changed, removing the reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And it was in West Jerusalem — not even in the East. I think it’s so ridiculous”.
No country in the world does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. State Department spokesman said the “CBN News”: “Since the founding of Israel of the administration in both parties adhere to a consistent policy of non-recognition of belonging of Jerusalem any state. We remain committed to this long-standing policy.”
But in 1995, the U.S. Congress adopted the Law on the Jerusalem Embassy requiring moving the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Still each of the presidents have avoided this step, citing security concerns and the signing of a special waiver. Moving the Embassy, not everyone would like.
“On the Israeli side would be a holiday. And on the Arab-Palestinian — dissatisfaction. There will be riots and outbreaks of violence” — explains the situation the former Israeli Ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich.
According to some, this step must be done in the broader context of the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Others believe that Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of Israel. At the same time, many say that if transfer ever takes place, that will make it trump.