Donald Trump made a promise to Israel during his campaign period, saying he will relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem once he becomes President of the United States of America.
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu
We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016
not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016
During a recent telephone conversation, POTUS invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February.
Both presidents talked about the importance of a strong U.S.-Israeli alliance as well as the ways through which their relationship can be strengthened, according a Sunday statement from the White House.
Reuters confirmed it was Mr. Trump’s first discussion with Netanyahu since the 20 January inauguration visit.
The U.S. president highlighted his unwavering desire to have a safe and protected Israel, stressing his “unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security.”
The White House said it is still at the early stages of putting in place a workable plan that’ll help facilitate his pledge to a trusted ally. Trump’s plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel will surely happen notwithstanding the anger it’ll spark in the Arab world.
While Israel sees Jerusalem as “it’s eternal capital,” the Palestinians also lay claims to the territory as part of an eventual Palestinian state. Both sides are making religious, historical and political claims on the subject.
According to the press release, “The president and the prime minister agreed to continue to closely consult on a range of regional issues, including addressing the threats posed by Iran.
Most foreign diplomatic posts are located in Tel Aviv, but Trump wants the U.S. embassy situated in Jerusalem.
“Peace between Israel and the Palestinians could only be negotiated between the two parties, but that the United States would work with Israel to achieve that goal,” the 70-year-old was quoted as saying in a statement.
Mr. Trump described the conversation with Israeli PM as “very nice”.
“We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject,” Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the White House, said in his statement.
The president’s aide-de-camp said no date has been set for embassy relocation, and the announcement may not come quick.
There are speculations that any thoughtless decision on the issue may spark bloody protests from U.S. allies in the Middle East, especially Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia which have played active roles in helping the world effect deadly assaults on ISIS.
Mr. Trump says relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a priority though Mr. Barack Obama downplayed the importance by declining to veto a U.N Security Council resolution, and requesting that Israel stops its ongoing settlement building.
Mr. Obama attracted the wrath of Israelis for ignoring a 1995 law passed by the U.S. Congress which conferred on Jerusalem, the status of a capital and warned that it should not be divided.
Past U.S. governments have applied diplomacy in achieving successful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians while the embassy remains at Tel Aviv.
Donald Trump is known as a goal-driven billionaire businessman who would stop at nothing, even if it means going against the status quo, to achieve a desired goal.
In early December, then-President Barack Obama renewed the presidential waiver on an embassy move until the beginning of June. It is unclear whether Trump would be able to legally override it and go ahead with relocation of the embassy.
The report from Reuters confirmed that Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements.
Netanyahu’s government hopes to gain support from Trump’s administration on the project which was halted due to heavy criticisms from the Obama administration.
Nir Barkat, a right-wing mayor of Jerusalem who has long campaigned for the embassy move, commends Trump’s administration for the commitment shown to Israel, according to a report from ABC News.
In his discussion with Army Radio, Barkat says he’s excited with the news because “they [Mr. Trump’s government] are serious about their intentions.”
In his words: “I applaud President Trump on his historic announcement that the White House has begun discussions regarding moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
“President Trump has proven that he is a true friend of the state of Israel and a leader who keeps his promises.
This evening’s announcement has sent a clear message to the world that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the state of Israel. We will provide any and all necessary assistance to the U.S. administration to ensure that the embassy move is done seamlessly and efficiently.”
What do you think will happen if the U.S. moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?
An Israeli journalist named Anna Aronheim argued on Friday that America has remained an impartial judge in the Isreali-Palestine negotiations but regrets that Mr. Trump’s embassy move will be terribly misunderstood by the Arab world.
She wrote: “…By moving the embassy, the United States risks losing any hope to portray itself an as honest broker or negotiator between Israel and Palestinians, and risks sending a message to the Palestinians that Washington is no longer interested [in their cause].”
The U.S. has made its intentions known but the world expects Mr. Trump and his government to act wisely, CNN adds.