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Friday, June 02, 2017 

Trump disappoints by signing waiver on moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Instead of making everyone proud of him by moving it sooner, all he could think of doing was delaying justice yet again:
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a waiver that delayed the fulfillment of his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express “disappointment.”
The White House said the decision does not affect the U.S.’s strong relationship with Israel and added that Trump still has every intention of moving the embassy in the future.

“While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” the White House statement said.

“President Trump made this decision 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. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”
I'm sorry, but that's not good enough. Moving the embassy would've sent a vital message to practically the whole world. Instead, by making a waiver, he only continues to make the situation ridiculous.
Netanyahu’s office reacted to the news with a mixture of disappointment and hope.

“Though Israel is disappointed that the embassy will not move at this time, we appreciate today’s expression of President Trump’s friendship to Israel and his commitment to moving the embassy in the future,” a statement from the prime minister’s office read. [...]

“Maintaining embassies outside the capital drives peace further away by helping keep alive the Palestinian fantasy that the Jewish people and the Jewish state have no connection to Jerusalem.”
Some could even wonder why the Trumps didn't go to pray on the Temple Mount, because that's where the story really begins, not at the Western Wall per se.

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